We all know that the Red Sox traded Adrian Gonzalez, Nick Punto, Josh Beckett and Carl Crawford to the Dodgers for prospects, but that the Dodgers had to take on all the salary. The Red Sox then replaced Adrian Gonzalez with Mike Napoli, Carl Crawford with Shane Victorino, Nick Punto with Stephen Drew and Josh Beckett with Ryan Dempster. Both teams are in first place in their respective divisions, so let’s see how that has worked out this year.
- Napoli: .260 BA – 21 HR 85 RBI – .819 OPS – $5 Million/1 Year
- Gonzalez: .287 BA – 19 HR – 87 RBI – .784 OPS – $131 Million/6 Years
Both are pretty equal in production, but Gonzalez has a $131 million contract and Napoli has a $5 million dollar deal. I mean, you can go to the gas station and pay $800 a gallon and it will power your car, but why would you do that unless you are an idiot?
- Victorino: .295 BA – 14 HR – 56 RBI – .774 OPS – 20 SB – $39 Million/3 Years
- Crawford: .291 BA – 5 HR – 28 RBI – .753 OPS – 13 SB – $105 Million/ 5 Years
The Dodgers had Victorino and elected to trade for Crawford and no sign Shane. Is Crawford really worth $70 million more? Ned and Stan are idiots! World Class Idiots! Is there anyone that would trade Victorino for Crawford (with their contracts)?
- Drew: .249 BA – 12 HR – 59 RBI – .770 OPS - $9.5 Million/1 Year
- Punto: – .259 BA – 2 HR – 21 RBI – .667 OPS – $1.5 Million/1 Year
Punto has been nice, but Drew has provided a lot more production. In a vacuum, maybe you’d take Punto, but Drew has solidified SS for the Red Sox.
- Dempster : 157 IP – 8-9 Record – .479 ERA – $26.5 Million/2 Years
- Beckett: 43 IP – 0-5 Record – 5.19 ERA – $34 Million/2 Years
Again, Dempster has not been very good but Beckett was very bad and then was gone for the season. To summarize this transaction, the Dodgers took on $270 million in contracts while the Red Sox got better production (quite a bit better) with just $80 million in salary commitments.
Like I said, the Dodgers and Red Sox are first in their divisions, but the Dodgers spent 3.5 times as much money in this deal to get there. Spin it however you want, but I see Stan Kasten and Ned Colletti as morons in this deal. Not only did they pay a lot more FOR LESS, but the idiot Dodgers took on all the payroll, and the Red Sox also received some good prospects from the Dodgers. I’d love to deal with Ned and Stan. Hey Stan, I’ve got a bridge…
Where would the Dodgers be if they hadn’t made that deal and spent the money wisely elsewhere?
This is why I am having trouble loving this team. Ramirez and Puig and Greinke were good deals, but the above deal smells like pig $hit!
James McDonald is free for the taking….