Who would have said twelve months ago that the Dodgers were a more stable franchise than the Red Sox?
Adrian Gonzalez, Dodger.
Sound a little dreamy? A little too much to ask for? Maybe not so much. Maybe not as much as it could be.
The Times’ Dylan Hernandez reported Thursday that Gonzalez has emerged as a “remote possibility” to join the Dodgers. Gonzalez was reportedly placed on waivers Wednesday, and the Dodgers had inquired about the availability of the Red Sox first baseman prior to the July 31 non-waiver trading deadline.
So could this actually work? Not easily, certainly. But there are reasons to examine the possibility.
Despite the addition of Hanley Ramirez and Shane Victorino, the Dodgers offense is not blowing people away (see: Giants series). And first base has been a position of need for some time, the Dodgers currently splitting time there between James Loney and Juan Rivera.
The timing is good too. There is almost no one of impact looming on the off-season free agency market, aside from Josh Hamilton, whose personal issues make him a horrific fit for Hollywood.
Gonzalez, however, is from San Diego and would offer obvious appeal to the Los Angeles Latino fan base. He would be a natural fit in the community, in the lineup and at first base.
He is also owed $127 million over the next six seasons, and there has been little indication that the Red Sox want to move him. Boston does, however, have a payroll of over $175 million and wants to avoid paying the luxury tax, so the Red Sox are looking to shed some contract.