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Thursday, February 11, 2021

Sources: Boston Red Sox, Marwin Gonzalez agree on 1-year, $3M deal

Free-agent infielder Marwin Gonzalez has agreed to a one-year, $3 million deal with the Boston Red Sox, sources confirmed to ESPN’s Jeff Passan on Thursday.

Gonzalez, 31, spent the past two seasons with the Minnesota Twins. He hit .211 with five home runs and 22 RBIs last year in a pandemic-shortened schedule.

Before his stint in Minnesota, he played seven seasons with the Houston Astros. His best season was in 2017, when he hit .303/.377/.530 with 23 homers and 90 RBIs and helped the team win the World Series.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: February 11, 2021 at 09:12 PM | 8 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. Steve Balboni's Personal Trainer Posted: February 11, 2021 at 09:43 PM (#6004809)
For Red Sox fans who were wondering if they'd be in on big name free agents, this is what 2021 looks like - short-term depth, buying time for the youngsters to show if they are ready in late 2021 or 2022 for the bigs. If Gonzalez is productive, they can trade him at the deadline, His defensive flexibility is attractive for this team, especially if they want to keep an extra pitcher in the bullpen. But he doesn't seem to have much of a platoon split. He's hit well in Fenway in about 70 ABs, and has generally hit better on the road during his career...whatever. It's 1 year, $3 million.
   2. dave h Posted: February 12, 2021 at 12:13 PM (#6004857)
I can't imagine they are going to get anything important for a player who just signed a $3m deal, regardless of his productivity.
   3. Jose Is An Absurd Balladeer Posted: February 12, 2021 at 03:37 PM (#6004909)
Gonzalez is a good get. I think the team is better today than they were in September. I'd still like a true centerfielder because It think Verdugo in right gives that strong outfield defense you want.
   4. Steve Balboni's Personal Trainer Posted: February 12, 2021 at 04:45 PM (#6004917)
#2: I don't think they'd get anything much for him at the deadline (even if he has a strong year), but his salary is such that they can peel him off in late July, and get a lottery ticket arm.
   5. The Yankee Clapper Posted: February 12, 2021 at 06:02 PM (#6004927)
. . . they can peel him off in late July, and get a lottery ticket arm.
When was the last time a team cashed in on a lottery ticket arm? And what’s s the definition of a ‘lottery ticket arm’? Someone not drafted in the first 10 (15?) rounds, who never made it to his team’s Top 30 (50?) Prospects? I’m a bit skeptical that collecting lottery tickets helps a team, but maybe I missed some windfalls.
   6. What did Billy Ripken have against ElRoy Face? Posted: February 12, 2021 at 06:06 PM (#6004928)
especially if they want to keep an extra pitcher in the bullpen
Ha. “If.”
   7. Nasty Nate Posted: February 12, 2021 at 06:37 PM (#6004933)
When was the last time a team cashed in on a lottery ticket arm? And what’s s the definition of a ‘lottery ticket arm’? Someone not drafted in the first 10 (15?) rounds, who never made it to his team’s Top 30 (50?) Prospects? I’m a bit skeptical that collecting lottery tickets helps a team, but maybe I missed some windfalls.
Could be concerning.
   8. Howie Menckel Posted: February 12, 2021 at 07:59 PM (#6004938)
I meant to ask you how, when everything seemed lost
Your fate was in a game of baseballs tossed
There was still that line that you would never cross
At any cost
I meant to ask you how you lived what you believed
With nothing but your buzzer up your sleeve
And if you ever really were deceived
By the likes of me

Bang the can slowly, play the pipe lowly
To dust be returning, from dust we begin
Bang the can slowly, I'll speak of things holy
Above and below me, a world without end....

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