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Adrian Gonzalez has agreed to a contract extension with the Boston Red Sox, a deal to be announced later on Friday. The deal will lock up Gonzalez through 2018 at a $22 million per year clip ($154 million over seven years). It is the biggest per year deal in Boston history, beating out Carl Crawford, and is second only to Manny Ramirez overall ($160 million over eight years). As announced on SportsCenter, the deal includes a $6 million signing bonus, $21 million during each year from 2012-2016, and $21.5 million during 2017 and 2018.
So far this season, Gonzo is batting .268 (11/41), with just one home run (on the road), two doubles and seven RBIs, though he does somehow have a triple and stolen base. Gonzo and the team in general will have to do a lot better than 2-9 to warrant this kind of payment.
By announcing the deal after the start of the season, Boston avoids the excessive luxury tax for 2011 from that big salary. Instead, Gonzalez’ $6.2 million salary is the one used for the tax’ calculation. The deal also came now instead of before the season in order to check in on Gonzo’s shoulder before committing time and money. Now if only he could start cranking long balls at Fenway like he was supposed to…