Adrian Gonzalez, Red Sox Reportedly Could Not Agree On Contract Extention
2:54 AM, Dec 5, 2010
11:46 PM, Sep 7, 2012
Sources say a deal between the Padres and the Boston Red Sox to trade all-star first baseman Adrian Gonzalez to the Red Sox for three minor league prospects plus a player to be named later has reportedly been put on hold for now.
According to MLB.com, Gonzalez and the Red Sox could not agree on a contract extension by the Sunday afternoon deadline instituted by Major League Baseball.
As part of the deal, which was first reported on ESPN.com, the Padres would have received right-handed pitcher Casey Kelly, 21-year-old first baseman Anthony Rizzo and 19-year-old outfielder Reymond Fuentes in exchange for Gonzalez.
Gonzalez, who flew to Boston to take a physical exam needed to complete a trade from the San Diego Padres to the Red Sox, a person familiar with the situation told The Associated Press on Saturday.
Gonzalez, who sources say passed the physical, had surgery to clean up the labrum in his non-throwing right shoulder on Oct. 20. The Padres said then that the three-time All-Star and two-time Gold Glove Award-winning first baseman was expected to be ready for spring training.
Red Sox general manager Theo Epstein did not respond to an e-mail seeking confirmation. Padres GM Jed Hoyer hasn't responded to requests for comment.
Hoyer worked under Epstein in Boston's front office before he was hired as Padres GM following the 2009 season.
The popular Gonzalez grew up in the San Diego area and was the No. 1 overall pick by Florida in the 2000 amateur draft. He was obtained in a trade with Texas before the 2006 season and has blossomed into one of the game's best first basemen. The left-hander hit .298 with 31 homers and 101 RBIs last season.
Boston was interested in Gonzalez last winter.
While many had expected Gonzalez to be traded before the deadline last summer, the Padres were surprise contenders in the NL West and had to keep the slugger.
The Padres went 90-72 despite opening the season with a payroll of $37.8 million, second-lowest in the majors. San Diego was in contention until the final day, when its loss at San Francisco, coupled with Atlanta's win over Philadelphia, eliminated the Padres from the NL West and wild-card races.
Hoyer has said for some time that the Padres wouldn't be able to afford the kind of big-money contract Gonzalez would command if he hit the free-agent market.
Hoyer also has said he anticipated Gonzalez being on the opening-day roster. But the allure of prospects is probably too much to pass up for a team that anticipates a player payroll of approximately $40 million.
The Padres recently exercised Gonzalez's $6.2 million option for 2011, the final year of a team-friendly $15 million, five-year contract he signed in 2007.
In five seasons with San Diego, Gonzalez has 161 homers -- two shy of Nate Colbert's club record -- and 501 RBIs. Including parts of two seasons with Texas, he has 168 homers and 525 RBIs.
He set a Padres record with his fourth 30-homer season. His third 100-RBI season tied Phil Nevin for the most in club history.
The Padres already have lost right-hander Jon Garland, shortstop Miguel Tejada and catcher Yorvit Torrealba to free agency, and won't re-sign outfielders Scott Hairston and Tony Gwynn Jr. They also declined to pick up right-hander Chris Young's $8.5 million option.