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Adrian Gonzalez trade falls through over contract dispute

Dec 5, 2010, 3:42 PM EDT

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UPDATE, 3:42 PM: A source told Morosi that there’s a “better than 50/50 chance” that Gonzalez does not end up in Boston.  If it’s not dead already, this swap is quickly dying.

UPDATE, 3:22 PM:’s Jon Paul Morosi was told that the deal is “not done yet.”

UPDATE, 3:15 PM: Tom Krasovic of AOL Fanhouse got a quote from Gonzalez’s agent, Josh Boggs:

“All I can say is, it was very disappointing it could not work out. We’re very busy at this point.”

UPDATE, 3:01 PM: Ken Rosenthal of notes that the Red Sox and Padres can still complete the trade, but that Boston probably won’t want to surrender four prospects for a one-year player.  And rightly so.

UPDATE, 2:56 PM: More from Heyman:  Gonzalez asked for an eight-year extension early on in the negotiations.  The Red Sox were only willing to give him six and it sounds as though a compromise could not be reached.

2:45 PM: What a turn of events.

According to’s Jon Heyman, the trade that would have sent Adrian Gonzalez to the Red Sox for prospects Casey Kelly, Anthony Rizzo, Reymond Fuentes and a PTBNL has fallen through because Boston could not reach agreement on a contract extension with the Padres first baseman.

Reports had Gonzalez seeking a contract similar to the five-year, $125 million one that Ryan Howard signed with the Phillies earlier this year.  Our guess is he was asking for far more, otherwise the Red Sox wouldn’t have balked.  After all, they’ve been trying to acquire Gonzalez for over two years.

  1. uyf1950 - Dec 5, 2010 at 2:50 PM

    The question I’m sure that’s on everyone’s mind now. Is does Gonzalez have to find his own way back to SD? Since the Red Sox flew him to Boston of the Medical Exam.

    • wonkypenguin - Dec 5, 2010 at 3:12 PM

      This was my first thought, too. :-)

      • yankeesfanlen - Dec 5, 2010 at 3:52 PM

        Don’t know how much a $600 plane ticket figures into a $125M deal. Maybe he’ll have to pay for the taxi to Logan, though.

      • uyf1950 - Dec 5, 2010 at 4:27 PM

        To yankeesfanlen – I don’t know about the $600. No Saturday night stay over, no 7 days notice, probably isn’t flying coach. I’m thinking $2,000

  2. uyf1950 - Dec 5, 2010 at 2:56 PM

    I can just hear the phone call from Theo to Scott Boras now, we really wanted Adrian Beltre all along. What’s your schedule look like Monday in Orlando.

  3. schlom - Dec 5, 2010 at 3:15 PM

    This is rather shocking and not very good from the Padres perspective. As a Padres fan I wasn’t too enthused with the package (mainly the inclusion of Rizzo who I think is overrated and might not be better than Kyle Blanks) but that’s probably as good as they can get. Although I guess the good news is that now they will probably keep him for the start of the season.

    Also, who exactly does Gonzalez and his agent think will top the Red Sox free agent offer? His options now are basically the Mets, the Cubs and maybe the Dodgers, right? I’m not sure the first two are even preferable to the Padres and with the Dodgers ownership problems I don’t see them giving out a Teixeira contract.

    • Jeremiah Graves - Dec 5, 2010 at 7:22 PM

      The Mets seem locked in with Ike Davis at first base for the long-term.

      The Cubbies are–from everything I’ve read–pretty much tapped out in the money department and likely to try Tyler Colvin at first base next season.

      The Dodgers have James Loney who isn’t a superstar, but is solid and they don’t seem to have the kind of scratch it’d take to ink Gonzo long-term either. I’d also question if there’s enough talent left in that farm system to get a trade done within the division.

      The Rangers could make sense if they miss out on Lee and decide to improve on offense. They’ve got some studs left in the system and would probably be down with inserting Gonzo into the lineup between guys like Kinsler, Hamilton and Young for the better part of the next decade.

  4. jobooo - Dec 5, 2010 at 3:16 PM

    “but that Boston probably won’t want to surrender four prospects for a one-year player. And rightly so.”

    And San Diego doesn’t want to accept less prospects only to see them work out an extension in 4 days.

    • theonlycush - Dec 5, 2010 at 4:12 PM

      Which is why San Diego gave Boston permission to negotiate the extension.

  5. proudlycanadian - Dec 5, 2010 at 3:27 PM

    On to Plan B for both teams whatever that is.

  6. yankeesfanlen - Dec 5, 2010 at 3:50 PM

    Contrast this to how smoothly the Beep-beep negotiations went.

  7. heiniemanush - Dec 5, 2010 at 4:11 PM

    I hope Big Papi has got his first baseman’s mitt oiled and ready.

  8. PanchoHerreraFanClub - Dec 5, 2010 at 4:33 PM

    I’m sorry but HBT reported that trade was a done deal, now you guys were wrong. Why?

  9. uyf1950 - Dec 5, 2010 at 5:15 PM

    If the information on the Nationals/Werth trade is accurate 7 years $126M the Red Sox opportunities to upgrade their offense is shrinking. Especially with the Gonzalez deal falling through. You know based on those numbers Crawford is going be looking for a minimum of 7 years and probably $140M +. And they still are missing either a 3rd baseman or 1st baseman depending on where they put Youk. Plus Saltalamacchia/Varitek are not exactly offensive powerhouses.

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