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UPDATE: Padres, Red Sox agree on Adrian Gonzalez trade

Dec 4, 2010, 5:37 PM EDT

Adrian Gonzalez running

UPDATE: The negotiating window for the Red Sox to complete a deal with Adrian Gonzalez expires at 2 p.m. ET tomorrow, according to Ken Rosenthal of

12:36 PM: According to Sean McAdam of, Adrian Gonzalez has already completed a physical with the Red Sox. McAdam was told that Gonzalez’s surgically-repaired right shoulder “should be just fine,” but that there are “minor tests” that still need to be completed.

12:00 PM: Jon Paul Morosi of hears that Adrian Gonzalez wants a “Howard-type contract.”

If so, that would actually be a pretty sweet deal for the Red Sox. Howard signed a five-year, $125 million extension with the Phillies in April, which includes a $23 million option for 2017. It’s a bad deal for the Phillies because Howard will be 32 years old before the extension even begins in 2012. It would be quite a coup to lock up Gonzalez at those terms before he turns 30 years old.

11:30 AM: Ken Rosenthal of reports that in addition to right-hander Casey Kelly, first baseman Anthony Rizzo and outfielder Reymond Fuentes, the Padres will also receive a player to be named later from the Red Sox in exchange for Adrian Gonzalez.

One wonders if the PTBNL could be someone from the 2010 First-Year Player Draft, as such players are ineligible to be traded until June of 2011.

11:20 AM: Jon Heyman of writes that there is still work to be done on a contract extension and that the process may take a day or two. We have seen MLB approve 72-hour windows in the past — the Johan Santana trade, for example — so they have some time to hammer out an agreement.

For what it’s worth, Heyman guesses they will add seven years and roughly $165-170 million to his $5 million option for 2011, which was already exercised by the Padres. If true, it would be a comparable deal to the eight-year, $180 million contract Mark Teixeira signed with the Yankees in December of 2008.

10:17 AM: Gordon Edes of reports that the Padres will receive right-hander Casey Kelly, first baseman Anthony Rizzo and outfielder Reymond Fuentes from the Red Sox in exchange for Adrian Gonzalez.

Baseball America recently ranked Kelly as Boston’s top prospect, while Rizzo was third and Fuentes (who is cousins with Carlos Beltran) was sixth.

10:09 AM: Jon Heyman of confirms that Gonzalez is in Boston and that negotiations on a contract extension should begin shortly. He also writes that top pitching prospect Casey Kelly is in the deal, which backs up a report by Dan Hayes of the North County Times last night.

According to Alex Speier of, multiple Red Sox prospects rumored to be involved in the deal say they have yet to hear anything from the team.

9:01 AM: Buster Olney of tweets that Gonzalez has arrived in Boston.

8:20 AM: Oh baby. It looks like the Red Sox have gotten their man.

According to Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe, Adrian Gonzalez is expected in Boston today for a physical, which should be one of the last hurdles before a trade with the Padres becomes official. Major league baseball has also approved a negotiating window for the Red Sox to work out a contract extension with Gonzalez, according to Buster Olney of Of course, the physical can’t be completely overlooked, as Gonzalez underwent surgery on his right shoulder last month, although he is expected to be ready for the start of the season.

OK, so who’s in this deal, anyway? Well, the Padres are expected to receive “three or four prospects from the Red Sox, including one who is major-league ready.” According to Cafardo, talks have centered around prospect first baseman Anthony Rizzo and prospect right-hander Casey Kelly. Buster Olney of writes that all players have been agreed to.

This one isn’t official yet, but the Red Sox have effectively thrown down the gauntlet just before the winter meetings. Your move, Yankees?

  1. Ari Collins - Dec 4, 2010 at 8:34 AM

    Yeah, that shoulder does worry me. Presumably that risk is factored into the trade and extension negotiations, and the Sox have both the Padres’ medical records and their own physical, but it still worries me.

    But if he’s healthy, that guy’s going to destroy Fenway. Hell, he’d do great in any park that’s not SD.

  2. proudlycanadian - Dec 4, 2010 at 9:24 AM

    Assuming that he is healthy, this seems to be a great move by a team that certainly needs help. It will be interesting to see who they trade to San Diego.

  3. Old Gator - Dec 4, 2010 at 9:27 AM

    Adrian Gonzalez and Mariano Rivera. Man, that Baltimore team is going to be hard to beat this year. >hic<

  4. JBerardi - Dec 4, 2010 at 10:57 AM

    Gonzalez and Casey Kelly both just moved to their respective dream parks. Good trade for both sides.

    • Ari Collins - Dec 4, 2010 at 11:23 AM

      Excellent point. Too bad for Rizzo, though. Fuentes may have an advantage, given SD’s advantage for triples, and his defense would play well in that spacious OF as well. Assuming he ever makes it that far, of course.

      • scapistron - Dec 4, 2010 at 11:47 AM

        Fenway actually plays rather even for left-handers. It is the eighties that benefit most from playing in Fenway. They built the bullpens out in right field to make right field a little less spacious.

      • JBerardi - Dec 4, 2010 at 11:50 AM

        It might not matter that much for Rizzo, the guy is extremely strong. I didn’t get up to Portland this year, but I caught a few of their games on NESN and the ball really carries off his bat. All the more impressive for a 20 year old kid who’s not that far removed from chemo. He’s really the guy I hated to lose in this trade. Kelly is great and all, but he doesn’t really project as an ace-of-aces, and Boston has 4/5ths of a starting rotation locked up for the foreseeable future. Whereas Rizzo is a guy would could BE Adrian Gonzalez in a few years.

      • jeremysgordon - Dec 4, 2010 at 12:14 PM

        Yeah its a bummer on Rizzo, but you have to give up talent to get talent. Another thing is if Salty, Lars Anderson, Lowrie, and Kalish come through, that’s a lot of good cheap young talent to start filling in the gaps of JD Drew & Ortiz.

    • sanctifyme2 - Dec 4, 2010 at 1:38 PM

      Couple of junkie prospects. That’s what we get for one of the best players in baseball.

      I hate the Red Sox. And we still have their castoff HOyer.

      • JBerardi - Dec 4, 2010 at 2:45 PM

        What makes you say they’re junk prospects?

      • churchoftheperpetuallyoutraged - Dec 4, 2010 at 4:06 PM


  5. bnance - Dec 4, 2010 at 12:00 PM

    Love AG…has been a great player and class act here! I wish him well in Boston…hope these prospect s pan out.

  6. JBerardi - Dec 4, 2010 at 12:10 PM


    Gonzo’s hit charts:

    Check his fly outs. You’ll see why the Sox wanted this guy so badly.

  7. henryd3rd - Dec 4, 2010 at 12:10 PM

    Now let’s see how he plays when the Pressure is on. He may want to speak with JD Drew and get some pointers on how to deal with those rabid fans in Beantown. Good Luck! Now who is going to catch, play short stop, DH and close for the Sox?. Big Popi is lucky that there are no quality DH’s on the free agent market or he would have been looking for a job just like Manny?

    Is Manny still being Manny or is he retired?

    • JBerardi - Dec 4, 2010 at 12:17 PM

      Catcher – Salty, believe it or not. Theo has been after him for years. We’ll see how that works out…

      Shortstop – Lowrie can be the best SS in the AL if he’s healthly (that says a lot about AL shortstops). If he’s not, Scutaro is still a decent option. The super-slick fielding Iglesias could be ready by mid-season.

      DH – Ortiz. If he finally falls off the cliff for good this year, you could work some internal options (platoon Kalish/Cameron in the OF and make Drew the DH). It’s also the easiest position to address in-season if it’s really a problem.

    • mtner77 - Dec 4, 2010 at 12:23 PM

      ….”Is Manny still being Manny or is he retired?”….

      Is Jeter still insisting he is worth $150 million over six years? Or is he retired?

  8. sanctifyme2 - Dec 4, 2010 at 1:30 PM

    This really sucks. AG is one of the best all around players in the major leagues and of course we get crap in return.

    • thinman61 - Dec 4, 2010 at 2:25 PM

      That’s no crap. The Sox farm system is deep, and your team is getting 3 of their top 6 prospects.

    • JBerardi - Dec 4, 2010 at 2:47 PM

      Again, what makes you say they’re crap prospects? What do you think the Padres should have been able to get for one year of Adrian Gonzalez?

    • Old Gator - Dec 4, 2010 at 2:52 PM

      You got a lot more for him per capita than the Feesh got for Dan Uggla. But then that’s what happens when you don’t have the Titan of Tighhtwads, Scrooge McLoria, for an owner. He was so eager to clear that bottom line that he squeezed Uggla off the payroll like a watermelon seed.

      • thinman61 - Dec 4, 2010 at 5:27 PM

        That was rather nice of Loria to give away free Dan Uggla’s like that. I’m sure Craig’s team appreciates it greatly.

      • Old Gator - Dec 4, 2010 at 5:46 PM

        Yeah, in H. G. Wells’ War of the Worlds (the novel itself, I mean) the Martian invaders can be heard contentedly hooting under there breaths while siphoning the blood out of their human victims. I could swear I heard Craig making the same noise while writing about the Uggla trade.

        ‘Course, he’s not a Maritan, he’s an ex-lawyer.

      • bigharold - Dec 4, 2010 at 9:20 PM

        “‘Course, he’s not a Maritan, he’s an ex-lawyer.”

        Which is actually worse.

  9. rboaz - Dec 4, 2010 at 1:31 PM

    Does anybody who has watched a TV read these things before they go out? Headline read “all-star third baseman.” Maybe the editor was from Boston.

  10. cleareye1 - Dec 4, 2010 at 2:02 PM

    Have the Dodgers been sold yet?

  11. JBerardi - Dec 4, 2010 at 3:02 PM

    For all those bitching about the prospects that the Padres got for Gonzalez:

    Adrian Gonzalez, age 20, Portland Sea Dogs: 138 games, batted .266/.344/.437
    Anthony Rizzo, age 20, Portland Sea Dogs: 107 games .263/.334/.481

    That’s after Rizzo lost almost his entire 2008 season to frickin’ cancer. The kid’s a beast, and he’s not even the best prospect you got in this deal.

  12. stevincinci - Dec 4, 2010 at 8:17 PM

    Damn. If only Votto would have moved to left field, he could have been a Red. That’s cool, we’ll take Votto at 1st.

  13. Jonny 5 - Dec 5, 2010 at 8:55 AM

    So, maybe this will make the RS want Werth less? Or maybe this will make them want Werth more? Hmmm?

    Well this is big money here in the making. The Padres couldn’t swing his salary imo and they’re getting some good guys that’ll cost combined, a fraction of what Gonzalez is worth. So it’s a win / win situation that keeps the RS competing in the AL east where they have that 17 million $ per year, all star, gold glove caliber short stop in pinstripes to do battle with. And this will allow the Padres to quietly sink back to mediocrity and save some cash to stuff in their pockets…

    • thinman61 - Dec 5, 2010 at 9:04 AM

      Werth (righty)more, Crawford (lefty) less. The Sox still need to add an outfielder, as they have two (Cameron and Drew) coming off the books after 2011.

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