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UPDATE: Adrian Gonzalez has passed his physical, and now he and the team must get a contract extension done by 2 p.m. on Sunday.
After many attempts after many seasons, the Red Sox have reached their goal and have finally agreed in principle to trade for All-Star first baseman Adrian Gonzalez. The deal is pending a physical and Boston has permission from Major League Baseball to discuss a new contract with Gonzalez.
The Sox will have to give up some hot prospects and even though no names are official yet, we all know Casey Kelly is headed to San Diego. As previously discussed here at Sports of Boston, some other names likely include 1B Anthony Rizzo and OF Reymond Fuentes. The deal would also mean that the Sox won’t re-sign 3B Adrian Beltre since Kevin Youkilis would move back to third base to make room for Gonzalez.
Gonzalez is an offensive stud with four straight seasons of 30+ home runs and 99+ RBI. Not to mention, he has had two straight years of a .900 OPS. Just the mere thought of him and Youkilis hitting back-to-back in the order is enough to make you drool with anticipation of opening day. Oh, and don’t forget the defense. Gonzalez is a multiple Gold Glove winner and has a career .994 fielding percentage.
Christmas has come early for the Red Sox. The next step looks to be the acquisition of either Carl Crawford or Jayson Werth. Adding either of those two men would clearly make the Sox offense one of the best in the majors.