Well, as the saying goes, “it ain’t over ’til the fat lady sings.” However, she may be warming up her vocal chords on the acquisition possibilities for Cuban right-hander Miguel Alfredo Gonzalez as far as the Dodgers are concerned.
This is not just “some blogger who heard something” reporting on the Dodgers apparently getting out of the Gonzalez race. The article is actually linked to directly from the Dodgers’ from page at dodgers.com. That would indicate that the team really isn’t negotiating with Gonzalez or his agent at this point.
Further speculation is that Gonzalez’s agent may have spread the word about a 5 year, $50 million deal with the Dodgers to drive the price up. Previous reports have gone as high as 5 years, $65 million as being the target number to acquire Gonzalez.
Gonzalez, who has been pitching numerous showcase games for the Tijuana Toros of the Mexican League in an effort to sign a contract with a big league team, is still drawing interest from the Chicago Cubs, the Boston Red Sox, the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim, and the Texas Rangers.
Of course, it would be premature to say the Dodgers will not swoop in and sign Gonzalez if the price is right. If the 5 year, $50 million number was manufactured, and no team is approaching it, it can be speculated that the number it will actually take to ink Gonzalez to a contract is much lower and that perhaps the Dodgers are only out on Gonzalez at that price and not out on him entirely.
The Dodgers do have a few young arms, most notably Zack Lee, that might be promoted to the rotation in the next year or two who the Dodgers may feel are better long-term rotation solutions than Gonzalez.
The Dodgers allegedly are in pursuit of (or have possibly already signed) shortstop Alexander Guerrero. While several sources including Chad Moriyama, Roberto Baly of Vin Scully Is My Homeboy and even Rotoworld are reporting that it’s a done deal at 7 years, $32 million, the team has not made an official announcement and as of yet the major national sports news networks have not reported the signing as fact. If acquired, it is speculated that Guerrero would play minor league ball and possibly take over for Mark Ellis at second base. The Blog will keep an eye on this as it develops.
- Source: Dodgers not interested in Cuban Gonzalez (mlb.mlb.com)
- The Hot Stove: Who Might The Dodgers Be After At The Trade Deadline? Second Edition (ericsdodgersblog.wordpress.com)
- Miguel Alfredo Gonzalez Scouting Report: Cuban Sensation Could be on MLB Team by Next Week; Features Fastball at 90-96 MPH (hngn.com)
- Scouts invade Tijuana for look at Cuban prospect (cbssports.com)