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Red Sox might wait on extension for Adrian Gonzalez

Dec 5, 2010, 8:53 AM EDT

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The Red Sox traded prospects Casey Kelly, Anthony Rizzo, Reymond Fuentes and a PTBNL to the Padres yesterday for first baseman Adrian Gonzalez.  They got their man, and are now working toward a contract extension with Gonzalez in an exclusive negotiating window.

That window closes Sunday at 2pm ET, but it might not really matter.

Alex Speier of Boston-based WEEI.com speculates that the Red Sox could wait until the 2011 season begins to announce an extension.

Gonzalez underwent shoulder surgery in October and the Sox might want to see him throw, catch and hit before making a massive offer of guaranteed money.  The procedure went well and he’s recovering swiftly, but it only makes sense to ensure that the big man is healthy before signing off on a deal that is expected to look similar to the five-year, $125 million extension that Ryan Howard landed from the Phillies earlier this year.

The Red Sox can use their negotiating window to discuss parameters.  Then if all goes well in spring training, they can announce a new deal for Gonzalez just before Opening Day.

  1. PanchoHerreraFanClub - Dec 5, 2010 at 10:10 AM

    Why do the Red Sox need an exclusive negotiating window if the trade is a done deal? Can’t any MLB team negotiate with a player it has under contract at any time during the contract? Before the trade, yes, but after the deal it is a moot point.

    • gryphkid44 - Dec 5, 2010 at 10:36 AM

      The trade was agreed to in principle. Anytime two teams agree on a deal, especially a big deal like this, there are still contingencies. The deal is not final until Gonzalez passes a physical and he comes to an extension agreement with the Red Sox. However, the Red Sox may not require an extension to be done before the trade completes since they may want to see how he recovers from surgery. As of right now Adrian Gonzalez is still a member of the Padres.

    • bigharold - Dec 5, 2010 at 1:40 PM

      “Why do the Red Sox need an exclusive negotiating window ..’

      They want to be sure that he’s not going to an 6-7 year deal for 200 million. If he comes to them and says “I want a better contract than Teixeira or else” the RS can back out of the trade. It would seem that Gonzolez’s demands ware more in line with what the RS feel comfortable paying so that does seem to be a big issue.

      Also, last season the RS waited to announce the signing of Beckett’s contract extension until after the season started so that it wouldn’t count against the luxury tax for 2010, thereby maintaining budget. It would seem that is happening here too. After 2011, Ortiz, Drew Camaron and Scutaro, (among others), all come off the payroll thereby allowing room under the luxury tax threshold for Gonzalez;s expected very large salary hit. Sure those guys will need to be replaced but likely not for the same money. It’s just good business.

  2. uyf1950 - Dec 5, 2010 at 10:13 AM

    Why wait. The longer the Red Sox wait to sign him long term the more likely it is he might decide to test FA after the 2011 season. Don’t forget there are 2 other 1st basemen that may very well be in that FA class. You may have heard of them Albert Pujols and Prince Fielder. I don’t think he’s quite in Pujols’s class but he might just decide to wait and see what these guy’s might fetch on the open market. Not so much in dollars but more in length of contract. Gonzalez is 2 years younger than Pujols and 2 years older than Fielder. Waiting by the Red Sox has both it’s advantages and disadvantages.

    • mtner77 - Dec 5, 2010 at 1:55 PM

      I agree. I posted yesterday that unless the Sox had an extension in place before the deal was final (like the Phillies and Doc last winter) this could be a huge mistake. This could be giving up a big part of the farm for a one year rental. If I were a Sox fan, I am not sure that I would be happy with this deal unless the extension was signed.

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