Thursday, September 14, 2006

Going, going, Gonzo

Word came out today that the Arizona Diamondbacks are not going to pick up Luis Gonzalez’s $10 million option for 2007, effectively making him a free agent at the end of the year.

If Luis Gonzalez really wants to make a run at 3,000 hits, he does need to leave the Arizona Diamondbacks. It will take him at least 3 full seasons to reach the mark. Perhaps his boyhood hometown Tampa could accommodate such a personal goal. But the Diamondbacks have a real shot at dominating the National League West for years to come with the young players coming up from their farm system.

He is my favorite player and I would like to see him achieve those milestones that might earn him a spot in Cooperstown. But the D-Backs are my favorite team and right now, they need to continue with the youth movement.

Thanks for the memories Gonzo. Good luck with another team next year.

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