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Red Sox to Acquire Adrian Gonzalez

Adrian Gonzalez

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.

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11 comments for “Red Sox to Acquire Adrian Gonzalez”

  1. […] Red Sox to Acquire Adrian Gonzalez […]

    Posted by Red Sox-Padres Trade Rumors: Adrian Gonzalez to Boston? | Sports of Boston | December 4, 2010, 1:36 pm
  2. I’d still say Youkilis could play one year in LF. Not very likely but…

    By next year Ortiz won’t be on the Sox and Youkilis and Adrian can share DH/1B duties.

    Beltre will probably be better and cheaper then either Werth or Crawford

    Posted by Dan Pitrowiski | December 4, 2010, 3:11 pm
  3. I love the deal, and I love that Theo waited until he was comfortable enough to deal prospects (and the Sox get to keep both Buchholz and Bard).

    As for Dan…Yeah, it’s unlikely they use a gold-glove infielder like Youk in the outfield (though they have done it sparingly in the past). Werth has a cannon arm in the OF and is an on-base machine, so that would be a good fit.

    I’d be OK with Werth or Crawford…but your hypotheis with Youk/Gonz/Beltre is interesting….

    Posted by KC Downey | December 4, 2010, 3:20 pm
  4. Werth or Crawford is going to cost a fortune. Not sure its worth it.

    Come next year Youkilis and Adrian will probably share 1B and DH duties anyway.

    Or maybe they’ll really like Youkilis at 3B and we’ll be getting Prince Fielder at DH in 2012.

    Posted by Dan Pitrowiski | December 4, 2010, 4:04 pm
  5. I say Beltre is worth way too much to keep now that Youk and A-Gon are in the fold. Then again, I thought the same about Papi. Boston is much better off getting one of the two prized outfielders.

    The question becomes do you want Crawford’s speed and natural left fielder status, or do you want Werth’s right-handed plate appearances?

    Posted by John | December 4, 2010, 10:10 pm
  6. I love the fact that Werth has led the N.L. in “Pitches Seen Per Plate Appearance” for two straight seasons.

    Posted by Pete | December 4, 2010, 11:08 pm
  7. @John… Werth could be as much as 5-6 yrs at over 90+ million and Crawford could be 7-8 yrs at over 120+ million.

    Beltre’s apparent high bid has been 5 years and 64 million from Oakland.

    So I don’t know where “Beltre is worth way too much to keep” is coming from.

    Posted by Dan Pitrowiski | December 5, 2010, 11:07 am
  8. Because if the Sox sign Beltre, they won’t be as able to sign one of the two outfielders. Beltre, Youkilis, Gonzalez, and Ortiz means someone would probably be left out, or shifted to an unfamiliar position.

    And I was nervous about Beltre returning because too many of his errors were in key moments, which by Red Sox standards, isn’t good enough. That may be good enough for Oakland, but the AL East is always the Group of Death in MLB.

    Posted by John | December 5, 2010, 11:17 am
  9. […] Sox on Monday at a press conference. No official report on who Boston is sending to San Diego, but the rumor mill has been turning all weekend with the names of Casey Kelly, Anthony Rizzo, and Reymond […]

    Posted by Report: Red Sox, Padres Complete Adrian Gonzalez Trade | Sports of Boston | December 5, 2010, 8:48 pm
  10. There is no way Gonzalez would be a good fit for the Cubs.
    He is a totally classy guy, he isn’t a whiner or a hot dog, and he puts forth 100% effort on every play.
    Zambrano, Soriano, and Ramirez would find him offensive, both personally and professionally.

    Posted by Name: Mark | December 5, 2010, 10:41 pm
  11. Dan it’s amazing that you had already projected Werth to make an absurd amount of money and the Nationals actually beat it by a year and 36 million… here’s to not having 38 year old Jayson Werth for 126 mil!

    Posted by Leo | December 6, 2010, 4:34 pm

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