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Trade delayed as Red Sox talk long-term deal with Gonzalez

Dec 5, 2010, 1:33 PM EST

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The Red Sox may want to wait on officially inking a contract extension with Adrian Gonzalez, but they do want some terms in place before signing off on their blockbuster five-player trade with the Padres.  And it’s now officially crunch time.

Buster Olney of ESPN.com reports that the Sox won’t finalize the Gonzalez trade unless the first baseman agrees to an “understanding” toward a long-term deal.  The deadline for negotiations has been set at 2pm ET — less than 30 minutes from now.

Gonzalez is thought to be seeking a contract similar to the five-year, $125 million one that Ryan Howard signed with the Phillies earlier this year.  That’s far from unreasonable, but the Red Sox rightfully have some concerns about Gonzalez’s shoulder, which he had surgically repaired in October.

  1. uyf1950 - Dec 5, 2010 at 2:13 PM

    The article states that – Buster Olney of ESPN.com reports that the Sox won’t finalize the Gonzalez trade unless the first baseman agrees to an “understanding” toward a long-term deal.

    Gonzalez would be crazy to “agree to anything short of the hard and fast contract extension in writing. By him “agreeing to an understanding” he loses all leverage and the Red Sox hold all the cards. For example, if the Sox aren’t satisfied with the progress his shoulder has made they void the deal and he goes back to SD and prospective suitors take that into consideration in any future negotiations. But if he doesn’t “agree to an understanding” he goes back to SD doesn’t have to take a physical (because he’s already under contract with SD) and hits the FA market at the end of next season where he certainly isn’t going to get any less money or years then Boston might try and sign him to now.

    • Glenn - Dec 5, 2010 at 2:20 PM

      The Sox may want him to agree to one of their increasingly more common injury clauses. JD Drew and John Lackey have them, while Jason Bay balked at including one in his contract. I agree that I don’t see what’s in it for Gonzalez without an actual contract

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