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Theo Epstein “very confident” Adrian Gonzalez will agree to long-term deal with Red Sox

Dec 6, 2010, 11:45 AM EDT

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Moments ago the Red Sox held a press conference to officially announce the trade sending four prospects to the Padres for Adrian Gonzalez and general manager Theo Epstein told the assembled media that he’s “very confident” the two sides will agree on a long-term contract extension.

At various points yesterday it looked like the blockbuster trade would be called off when Gonzalez and the Red Sox weren’t able to finalize a new contract during the negotiating window granted by MLB, but Epstein went ahead with the trade anyway and indicated that the talks got close enough that an eventual compromise is inevitable.

During the press conference Gonzalez seemed thrilled about coming to Boston, calling it “the best fit for me” and referencing Red Sox great Ted Williams several times. Having a GM who’s “very confident” he’ll soon be giving you a deal for $150 million or so probably helps too.

  1. sabathiawouldbegoodattheeighthtoo - Dec 6, 2010 at 12:23 PM

    And he already has crappy facial hair, so he should be a natural fit with the Red Sox!

  2. mcsnide - Dec 6, 2010 at 2:43 PM

    How long til Bud slaps the Sox for this “hold off til after Opening Day to announce an extension everybody knows is done” nonsense? This is the second year in a row.

    • PanchoHerreraFanClub - Dec 6, 2010 at 4:34 PM

      As we all know Bud is content to collect his fat paycheck and do whatever the owners tell him too. But, in this case, as long as each side is able to say no at any time, what is there for him to do? If Gonzalez was to file a grievance in April when the Sox don’t offer him an extension, then there would be something for Bud to do. Of course, if Gonzalez decides not to sign an extension, Bud can just sit back and laugh at Theo with the rest of humankind.

  3. marshmallowsnake - Dec 6, 2010 at 4:03 PM

    Waaah! Both of you.

  4. psousa1 - Dec 6, 2010 at 4:16 PM

    Red Sox won 89 games without Youkils, Pedroia for half the year, Ellsbury .300/70 SB’s for 150 games, Victor Martinez for almost 2 months and Josh Beckett pitching like he was afraid to throw a pitch because he knew something bad was going to happen.

    89 games they won. I don’t care that Adrian Beltre is leaving (though I thought he was a good player). They would trot out half a AAA lineup on most days. Youkilis, Pedroia, Ellsbury and Martinez didn’t get hurt? That team wins over 100 games. Despite losing Martinez and Beltre but gaining Gonzalez, Youkilis, Pedroia, and Ellsbury this team should win the division. Even if Beckett doesn’t realize he throw 96 mph any longer they still win.

  5. yankees1996 - Dec 6, 2010 at 4:30 PM

    This contract extension is going to seriously depend on what Gonzalez considers a long term contract to be. If you look back at the contracts the Red Sox have offered to other top shelf players I do not think long term is a good description. The Red Sox have said goodbye to players who asked for long term deals or large dollar contracts probably before they should have. In contrast there have been other players who have been brought back that probably should have been cut loose. One of the women that works in the same division that I do is a DIE-HARD Red Sox fan and I will tell you, she does not seem to be all that excited about the Sox trading for A-Gon…at least not yet.

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