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Three Thoughts on the Adrian Gonzalez to the Red Sox trade, the Yankees, and the Rest of Baseball

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I read this last night about the Adrian Gonzalez to the Red Sox trade.  And this about the Red Sox holding back on announcing an extension until spring training to skip a year of luxury tax cost.

First thought:

In essence, the Red Sox appear to have agreed to an extension with the player and agent, then found a decent cover story (willing to do it, waiting to see how he recovers from surgery), all in the effort to dodge a year of luxury tax.

That seems dirty. If the Yankees did that, the talking heads on the four-letter network would be calling for an investigation.

Second thought:

Why don't the Yankees do that with Cliff Lee?  Agree to split the luxury tax cost as a "signing bonus," and keep ~$20M 'off the books' for the 2011 payroll calculations.

(Long held correlative- why don't the Yankees sign every player to a $5M deal and give out the rest of the money in signing bonuses paid throughout the life of the deal, since [I believe] signing bonuses don't count toward luxury tax or revenue sharing [or did they close that loophole?]?).

Third thought:

Man, that Brewers owner is going to be pissed when he realizes that there's less profit for him to pocket.