Breaking News: Adrian Gonzalez Is Now A Red Sox
According to Jon Heyman, the Padres and Red Sox have agreed on a trade that will send Adrian Gonzalez to Boston in return for prospects.
“It’s a done deal” he says.
Press conference has been scheduled for tomorrow.
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According to Jon Heyman of SI.com via Twitter, the trade which would have sent Adrian Gonzalez to the Red Sox for 4 prospects has fallen through.
Heyman said that the deadline for an extension deal with Gonzalez passed without any agreement. He also adds that Gonzalez sought an 8-year deal, but the Red Sox were only willing to go as high as six years.
Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports says that both teams can still negotiate trade and that this is far from over.
Heyman concludes that this opens door for more teams to engage the Padres.
Original Story 12/4 8:00 AM
According to Buster Olney of ESPN.com, the Red Sox have agreed in principle to acquire Adrian Gonzalez from the Padres for a package of minor leaguers.
Gonzalez is expected in Boston today for a physical.
Several reports say that talks have centered mainly around Casey Kelly and Anthony Rizzo, and that the deal would likely involve three or four players from the Sox, none of them major leaguers and only one who is major league-ready.
Gonzalez, 28, is the Padres’ most popular player and carried San Diego to within a game of a playoff spot in 2010.
He is signed through 2011 at $6.3 million. The Padres exercised his 2011 option on Nov. 1. His contract called for a $5.5 million salary, but performance bonuses pushed the figure above $6 million.
That said, MLB has already approved a negotiating window for the Sox to sign Gonzalez to an extension.
All players have already been agreed to as the Red Sox try to work on that extension with Gonzalez’ agent.
In 2010, Gonzalez hit .298 with 31 homers and 101 RBIs. This, to go along with a .904 OPS. In 858 Major League games, Gonzalez is a .284 hitter with 168 homers and 525 RBIs.
As one Boston reporter puts it,
His power numbers are staggering as he has hit 30+ home runs in 4 straight seasons, breaking the 40 mark in 2009. Just imagine what damage he could do as a left-handed, opposite-field power hitter at Fenway Park? It is like taking a great hitter and placing him in the ideal park for his skills.
The Red Sox are still trying to sign one of the elite free agent outfielders, Carl Crawford or Jayson Werth.
Wow, Adrian Gonzalez for prospects and only one who is major league ready.
This is huge for the Red Sox, Theo does it again.
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