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Are the Red Sox gearing up for Adrian Gonzalez?

Dec 16, 2009, 12:51 PM EDT

Boston signing John Lackey and Mike Cameron has Bill Center of the San Diego Union Tribune thinking that the Red Sox are preparing to make another run at Adrian Gonzalez.
And sure enough FOXSports.com’s Ken Rosenthal wrote this morning that they’re “working hard to obtain” the Padres first baseman.
Center tosses out Jacoby Ellsbury, Clay Buchholz, and Daniel Bard as obvious Padres targets, while Rosenthal mentions Casey Kelly and Ryan Westmoreland as other fits if the Red Sox haven’t made them untouchable.
Of course, Center writes that “at the moment the Padres and Red Sox are not talking” and Rosenthal admits that “a deal is not close and might not happen at all.” San Diego is under no real pressure to deal Gonzalez, because he’s a 27-year-old, MVP-caliber player under contract for just $4.75 million in 2010 and $5.5 million in 2011. Obviously dealing Gonzalez would jump-start the Padres’ rebuilding efforts, but he’s young enough that they could also try to rebuild around him.
The presence of Kevin Youkilis and now Mike Cameron give the Red Sox lots of defensive flexibility, because Youkilis can play either corner infield spot and Cameron is willing to be a starter anywhere in the outfield. All of which is why the Red Sox could potentially part with Ellsbury in a deal for Gonzalez or forget the whole thing and simply sign Adrian Beltre.

  1. Cru11 - Dec 16, 2009 at 3:12 PM

    I don’t think it’s worth giving up Ellsbury in order to get Gonzalez if that that’s what it comes down to. If that scenario presents itself then I say ditch the Padres deal and go after Beltre. Just my 2 cents.

  2. richard - Dec 16, 2009 at 3:17 PM

    redsox never mind geting adrian Gonzalez what the real redsoxs fan want to see is adrain beltre in the line up not adrian gonzalez.

  3. BC - Dec 16, 2009 at 3:17 PM

    They’re crazy if they trade Ellsbury. Give ‘em Buchhold, Bard and a minor leaguer.

  4. aceshigh - Dec 16, 2009 at 3:29 PM

    I really liked what I saw from Buccholz this year and don’t particularly want to see him go, but he is certainly good trade bait and Adrian Gonzalez is irresistible for a team that needs some power.
    However, Ellsbury and Bard are both untouchable as far as I’m concerned. If Theo trades EITHER of these two, I will not be happy, Gonzalez or no Gonzalez.

  5. TigerS Boy ToY - Dec 16, 2009 at 3:36 PM

    Theo said if you lay down in his bed with him and take a nap
    he will do whatever makes you happy. GO FOR IT Dude, what is
    the worst that can happen.

  6. Dirck - Dec 16, 2009 at 5:10 PM

    Ellsbury is a nice player , but to pass up Adrian Gonzalez AT THOSE SALARY FIGURES because you don’t want to give up Ellsbury is way beyond stupid . Fortunately for the Red Sox , I am pretty sure that Theo is not as dumb as some of his fans . Gonzalez is one of the best hitters in baseball who has been putting up huge numbers in a home park that kills hitters and with absolutely no help around him in the lineup . What he could do in Boston with that lineup around him is scary .

  7. Jack Peter - Dec 16, 2009 at 7:27 PM

    I would not trade Adrian for Bucholz and Ellsbury. He is a great player and a great guy. 40 homers, gold glove, great contract– the Padres would have to be stupid to trade him, only Pujols and Tex are in his league as first basemen.

  8. Pook - Dec 16, 2009 at 7:30 PM

    Why would they acquire Beltre at the price he’s asking when Lowell is a better player with a similar contract? That makes no sense at all. Clearly, the Sox are going after Gonzalez hard and will trade Ellsbury and Buch if that’s what it takes. Adding Gonzalez would allow them to fill in left field with Hermida and still improve their lineup. A lineup of Pedroia-Drew-Marinez-Gonzalez-Youk-Ortiz-Cameron-Hermida-Scutaro would be a definite upgrade to last year.

  9. FriarSox - Dec 16, 2009 at 7:34 PM

    Dirck is right on the money. PETCO Park is a pitchers park, Gonzo will kill at Fenway. Look at homerun production and multiply by 1.25, easy, that’s 50 dingers. Last year had a .550 slugging percentage, maybe .600 at Fenway. Gold Glove at 1st base, he’s the whole package. Boston should make this happen, Adrian has no reason to stay in SD, they’re just talking about rebuilding. It will be years before the Padres have a contender. This is win / win.

  10. Cru11 - Dec 16, 2009 at 8:10 PM

    How is Lowell better than Beltre when Lowell is 5 years older and has a laundry list of injuries. Lets face it, Lowell simply cannot be an everyday player and lacks the range of Beltre. Beltre can play everyday, has better range and puts up the same numbers hitting wise as Lowell.

  11. geek - Dec 16, 2009 at 8:29 PM

    I would rather play ball and live in San Diego.
    The allure of playing on the Red Sox is strong however so is living and playing in San Diego.

  12. aceshigh - Dec 16, 2009 at 8:39 PM

    All right…some of you people are starting to bring me around to the idea of trading Ellsbury. Gonzalez is certainly an amazing enough talent.
    Not Bard, however. Papelbon is showing signs of decline already, and he probably doesn’t want to stay in Boston after his little meltdown a few months ago and the subsequent booing. Hell, he was making noise about exploring free agency even before that.
    With that in mind, trading Bard would be suicidal.

  13. turk - Dec 16, 2009 at 9:05 PM

    While Gonzalez is a amazing player, giving up Ells and Buch is bold. With Bay going and Big P another year old, the protection for Gonzalez could be spotty at best. Its fair to say that Cam and Drew are going to put up the same numbers. Dice and Wake have some real ??? after last year. The sox should consider other options like Johnson, delgado, or blalock and make a run at Albert next year.

  14. llced77 - Dec 16, 2009 at 9:09 PM

    paps showing signs of decline! top 5 closer has a “down” year with over thirty saves…idiot…beltre good enough especially when you have youk on the other side..wait til carl crawford goes free a then unload jd”somethinghurts”drew by then one of the kids will be ready .

  15. pee wee reese - Dec 17, 2009 at 8:37 AM

    The red sox’s have too get alot more offence to even keep up with the yankees. What is Big Pop going to hit this year.His hitting to me is on the decline. Beltre I would not even put him in my shopping list. Ellsbury no trade: Boston has ever had speed in the line up like they have with Ells.Defence,speed and offence it does not get any better then that.I think Gonzales is the answer without any question. But who do we give. Buch or Bard one but not both. Wakefield,Delcarmen, Wake is a first half pitcher and he goes on the DL. Delcarmen has great stuff but he gets brain dead on the mound some times. I just do not know what too do. But without any question I would go after Gonzales with all I could within reason. Farm system etc. Sign him I think we could go back to the World Series.

  16. spiderman - Dec 17, 2009 at 11:00 AM

    gonzalez is well werth obtaining,but do not give up ellsbury.60-70 steals,guts,good average,young,inexpensive,the list goes on and on. Unload papelbone[not a gamer,would prefer to pitch with the yankees!],westmoreland,buchold.i still think we need a catcher who can throw base-stealers out.

  17. Bob Starks - Feb 13, 2010 at 6:08 PM

    I saw this really great post today, found it on yahoo. i think i may return some time.

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