The Los Angeles Dodgers and Atlanta Braves agreed to swap millions of dollars in salary on Saturday, as the Dodgers traded Adrian Gonzalez, Brandon McCarthy, Scott Kazmir, Charlie Culberson and cash for Matt Kemp of the Braves.
The biggest surprise for most was the trading of Gonzalez who has a No-Trade clause and could veto the trade, but according to Mark Bowman of MLB.com AGON accepted the trade based on the fact that the Braves would let him go immediately after the trade.
Adrian Gonzalez agreed to waive his no-trade clause after the Braves guaranteed he would immediately be DFAd.— Mark Bowman (@mlbbowman) 16 de diciembre de 2017
Which they did by placing him on the designation for assignment list, which would make him a free agent by Wednesday.
According to Bob Nightengale of USA Today, Gonzalez was told by the Dodgers that if he stayed he would be buried in the bench with limited at-bats.
Now he can sign for the minimum anywhere he wants since he will be getting paid $21 million already by the Braves.
Before the 2017 postseason began, Gonzalez left the Dodgers since the team was not gonna use him during the playoffs and decided to help move his family to Italy and rehab his back injury which gave him problems all season.
That was the beginning of the end for Gonzalez as a Dodger, as he became another news story when he wasn't seen with the team during their playoff run until the World Series. And was then sent to the stands due to some conflict with other players it was reported.
Gonzalez hasn't been a free agent since 2012 , when he signed a seven-year contract with the Boston Red Sox for $154 million dollars. He was traded to the Dodgers the following year and had been with the team since.
His new adventure into free agency could lead him straight into another playoff team.
Adrian is 14-season veteran in the Big Leagues and has averaged .288 batting over that time period with 27 home runs per season in his career.
In 2017 his home run number dramatically dipped to 3 due to his injuries, but with now a lot of time to recover from his back problems could return his average above .270 and at least 20 homers.
Teams like Houston Astros, Cleveland Indians, Boston Red Sox, New York Yankees, and Colorado Rockies could all come knocking on AGON's door.
The Astros seem like a great fit for Gonzalez who could take up the role Carlos Veltrán had with the team in 2017, as the left-handed hitting Designated Hitter and occasional first basemen.
Cleveland is another great option since Carlos Santana signed with the Philadelphia Phillies, Gonzalez could take that spot on the Indians lineup.
Another potential team, and kind of a homecoming would be the Padres if they strike out on Eric Hosmer. Gonzalez was the Padres biggest star for several years and is still a well-loved player in San Diego. Taking him until you find a big-ticket player for that position isn't the worst of ideas.
Adrian's market opens on Wednesday, will see what happens then.