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Adrian Gonzalez made a promise to the Red Sox

Dec 22, 2010, 5:05 PM EDT

Newly acquired Boston Red Sox player Adrian Gonzalez smiles during a news conference at Fenway Park in Boston

If you can get past the introductory love story about Adrian Gonzalez and his high school sweetheart (and now wife) in Gordon Edes’ latest at ESPN Boston, you’ll read an interesting inside account of the negotiations between Adrian Gonzalez and the Boston Red Sox during their 24-hour negotiating window earlier this month.

Edes reports that Gonzalez and the Red Sox had hashed out a basic framework of a contract extension, but that the Sox were worried about Gonzalez’s shoulder, which he won’t be able to test until the spring.  As a result, the Sox were wary of doing a deal.  At the same time, there was anxiety on the part of the Red Sox that, if Albert Pujols signed an extension between now and then, the parameters discussed by Gonzalez and the team would be out the window and Gonzalez would be asking for a ton more. What to do about the Pujols problem? Adrian Gonzalez had an answer:

“That was one of their comments, what if he gets this humongous deal and you want to be closer to him?” Gonzalez said. “I said, ‘Trust me. What the market is today might change by then, but we’re going to negotiate based on what the market is today.”’

That’s a pretty bold promise. In many ways a noble one. But at the same time, maybe a foolish one too.  Under such circumstances, Gonzalez accepts all of the risk of waiting several months to do an extension yet reaps none of the rewards if that waiting turns out to be to his benefit.

  1. Jason @ IIATMS - Dec 22, 2010 at 5:14 PM

    And CC promised not to exercise his out clause. We’ll see, right?

    • aaronmoreno - Dec 22, 2010 at 9:58 PM

      Sabathia at least promised something specific. Gonzalez is promising in such a general sense that it means nothing. Given how negotiations go, he’ll start his number high. If Pujols signs then, that number just stays where it is. Maybe it would have dropped had Pujols not signed, but maybe not. How can you tell?

  2. marshmallowsnake - Dec 23, 2010 at 10:49 AM

    I believe him. He seems to be an outstanding person. He has been enamored by Fenway for a while…and wants to be there. Money is not everything, and maybe he realizes that he is getting a boat-load either way.

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