Report: Dodgers Offered Contract to Alex Gonzalez

One of the fun parts of spring is always finding out about unreported interest your favorite team had in certain players during the winter. For example, in the offseason of 2010-11, we learned that the Dodgers had shown serious interest in both Aubrey Huff and A.J. Pierzynski. Neither happened, of course, since both stayed with their previous teams, but it just goes to show that no matter how much we think we know about what teams are considering, there’s always going to be discussions and conversations we’ll never learn about.

That’s relevant today because of Adam McCalvy’s MLB.com article on veteran shortstop Alex Gonzalez, who chose to return to Milwaukee over an offer from St. Louis. (Given the recent bad news about Rafael Furcal‘s health, one might wonder if Gonzalez regrets that decision now.) Gonzalez missed nearly all of last season after blowing out his right knee in May, though McCalvy reports that “more than a dozen teams” showed interest.

Guess who was among them?

The Dodgers also eventually showed interest, to the point that Gonzalez and his agent sat down with Dodgers GM Ned Colletti and manager Don Mattingly to discuss how Gonzalez could fit — playing some third base and “pushing” shortstop Hanley Ramirez. But Gonzalez thought L.A. was already too flush with infielder. He thought the best fit might have been the Red Sox because they needed a shortstop, but Boston went with Stephen Drew instead.

In a separate article for MLB.com, McCalvy notes that Gonzalez actually “turned down an offer” to play third base from the Dodgers due to that infield surplus. It’s further evidence of what we already knew — that as much as we all would love Luis Cruz to succeed, there’s more than a little concern that his nice September was a flash in the pan, given the overwhelming track record that’s piled up against him. We’ve heard about a few inquiries on the team’s part to reinforce the left side, and it’s pretty safe to assume that there were plenty more — like Gonzalez — that we weren’t aware of.

Gonzalez, 36 last week, is hardly a star, of course, though he’s carved out a nice little career. He spent most of eight seasons as Florida’s regular shortstop before being replaced by Ramirez in 2006; since then, he’s bounced from Boston to Cincinnati back to Boston to Toronto to Atlanta to Milwaukee, also missing all of 2008 with a left knee injury. He’s always been considered a capable defender, and he’s shown surprising pop for a shortstop, managing double digits six times on his way to 156 career bombs, though of course he’s given much of that back with a .292 career OBP. Still, good defense plus some power has made him a 1-2 win player on average, which is definitely nice to have.

Interestingly, he’s played every single one of his 1,559 career games at shortstop, though with Jean Segura expected to start there for the Brewers,, Gonzalez is likely to serve as utility infielder — even potentially seeing time at first base thanks to injuries to Corey Hart & Mat Gamel.

I can’t say that I’m really all that crushed that it didn’t work out with Gonzalez, because again, he’s older and coming off a serious injury. What I will say is that I’m pleased the Dodgers have recognized the risks on the left side and did their due diligence in sourcing options, even if none ultimately worked out.

557 comments
Gilbert_Vengeance
Gilbert_Vengeance

So baseball is on TV and it gives my 1 year old son his first look at baseball.... he says quite a few words now (mom, pa, wampa, wama, awa or water in spanish) but none of those words affect me more than when he sees Harper with a bat he yells "BAT!" and "BALL!".... special.

Mike Petriello
Mike Petriello moderator

Cannot over emphasize how happy I am baseball is on.

capnsparrow
capnsparrow

Strasburg get taken out in the first but hes obviously holding back a lot of his velocity in his 1st trip out 

Batted Bob
Batted Bob

Hey Mike, do we get a game thread today? Or a post about how Ryu & Puig combined weigh 500 lbs?

capnsparrow
capnsparrow

Harper tries to pull the 1st pitch into the seats it goes foul and he takes the next 2 then smacks one into right for a single

Batted Bob
Batted Bob

I really hope Zach Wheeler is amazing. Would be something funny to throw in the Giants fans faces.

Mike Petriello
Mike Petriello moderator

It might only be the Mets, but first televised baseball of 2013 starts in 25 minutes. WIN.

LA_Woman
LA_Woman

Club-Dodgers

Clayton Kershaw is scheduled to open up tomorrows game vs the White Sox in the Dodgers first exhibition game of 2013.

Don Mattingly said of both Kemp and Crawford "Don't expect to see them play until March 5th of 7th with a probable pinch hit by either on March 1st"

Doesn't mean anything is wrong with either guy, just a precautionary decision since Kemp is coming off of left shoulder surgery and Crawford from Tommy John elbow reconstruction.

Batted Bob
Batted Bob

@capnsparrow Harper is awesome. Love watching him play.

NTAC
NTAC

 @Bob Meripol So is this Santana regretful, McDonald regretful, or Jackson regretful?

Deuce (is loose)
Deuce (is loose)

 @Bob Meripol   AGon, Beckett, and Crawford better produce or we could be having our faces Rubbyed in it for years to come.

bmr209
bmr209

@EephusBlue let's wait til they win a championship before they do a pose like that

Batted Bob
Batted Bob

@capnsparrow nice, but we are going to stay in yountville at a b&b instead. Looking to pay $200/night. Harvest inn was $350/night

Batted Bob
Batted Bob

@Mike Petriello it was McDowell!

MSTI OG
MSTI OG

well you're pretty high on a guy that hasn't done much yet except.throw gas.

Batted Bob
Batted Bob

@Disgruntled Goat blame Ned not me

Gilbert_Vengeance
Gilbert_Vengeance

 @capnsparrow  @Bob Meripol thats a price...yeah theres some nice prices nowadays for cages... back then i spent 2 grand for a nice one with L screen but the but i got the strongest/thickest net.. 681 lb i wanna say somthing like that

Batted Bob
Batted Bob

@Gilbert_Vengeance I want a backyard cage! That's really cool dude

Batted Bob
Batted Bob

@Mike Petriello Oh that grass looks so green.

LA_Woman
LA_Woman

 @EephusBlue Cool! I love how I know so many people going, and they're all going at different times.