This deal validates the notion that the Rangers were somehow ruined by the signing of Alex Rodriguez, when in fact, Rodriguez has been worth the money. The Rangers’ problems have more to do with wasted money on non-contributors, the failure of some B and C pitching prospects, and the absence of a center fielder for years on end. We’ve reached a point in the trade negotiations between the Rangers and Red Sox where the issues aren’t players, but money. Money as in “how much less can the Red Sox pay Rodriguez?” The Sox have been negotiating that point with Rodriguez for some time, and the two sides appear to have an agreement that satisfies both sides, one in which he gets much less guaranteed compensation and assumes a lot more risk. Conceding that we don’t yet know exactly how much money he might be giving up to make this happen, I think it’s entirely possible that Rodriguez would be doing himself a disservice. Is it reasonable for someone to pay, for the sake of argument, $40 million just to change employers and base cities?
We can be pretty hard on front offices sometimes, whether they’re deserving of it or not. For instance, during a Roundtable recently, I stated the following: “I don’t think the Mariners have enough brain power to light a bulb, much less think through the intricacies of market dynamics.”
I doubt this comes as much of a surprise to anyone. It was a comment born out of frustration at an off-season that started with bringing back Edgar Martinez, but has gone downhill from there. Sometimes it seems like the people running major-league clubs are as clueless as that one owner in your fantasy league who just traded Rafael Soriano for Terrence Long.
Take Pat Gillick, a man who was frequently mentioned as one of the best general managers in the game. Gillick’s a smart guy; he and the Blue Jays set up a tremendous player development system in the Dominican Republic back when people thought they were a little loopy for doing it, and it paid tremendous dividends. His teams have won championships. So, to call him dumb… well, that was stupid of me, and it sparked some arguments.