Adrian Gonzalez will be a free agent on Wednesday and apparently, it was what he wanted all along.
On Saturday, hours after the 5-player trade that involved Gonzalez going to the Braves for Matt Kemp and being DFA'd upon arrival, Gonzalez took to social media to explain his reason for accepting a trade as he had a No-Trade clause.
He made it clear that it wasn't because of his role on the team, as he agreed with coming off the bench, instead it was his desire to test out the free agency market at 35 years old.
Gonzalez also made sure to thank the Dodgers organization and their fans, saying he loved being a dodger.
Here's his full statement:
My final decision was not based on playing time as I had agreed to a limited bench role. It is a way to test the free agent market and see what opportunities are out there for me so I can make the best decision moving forward for me and my family.
Lifting the No-trade clause is the hardest decision I have ever made in my career due to the fact that I loved every single second being a Dodger. I have talked through this whole process with Andrew and the Dodgers organization and they are giving me this opportunity to see if there is a better fit for me somewhere else. As the roster stands right now, there might not be a spot for me on the roster.
I want to thank the Dodgers owners for being the best owners I have ever played for. Also, my coaches and teammates because with them we had an amazing 5 years together. And most importantly to all the Dodgers fans, no word or phrase can describe how grateful and blessed I am to have been a part of their cheers and support. The entire Dodger nation welcomed me with open arms and took me in right away.
Thank you for everything to the fans and the city of LA. You will always be in my heart.
This closes a chapter for me, but not the book.
It's clear Gonzalez will not be retiring and will be in a great position to sign with a contender, especially since he will be able to sign for the minimum.
Here are some of his options: