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Red Sox pursue Padres' Gonzalez

Posted on: December 3, 2010 7:15 pm
Edited on: December 3, 2010 9:23 pm
 
Adrian Gonzalez
The Red Sox are making a bid for some players who will cost big money, but they also apparently have interest in a big acquisition that would be paid in players.

An ESPNBoston.com report says Boston general manager Theo Epstein has been talking with Padres counterpart (and former Epstein assistant) Jed Hoyer about a deal that would bring big-hitting first baseman Adrian Gonzalez to the Red Sox. Gonzalez, who batted .298/.393/.511 with 31 homers and 101 RBI last season, will be a free agent after next season, and he'll be well out of the Padres' price range. San Diego had the second-smallest payroll in the majors last season.

Moving Gonzalez is a tough decision for the Padres. He's far and away their best offensive player (while he had 101 RBI last season, no other Padre had more than 58), he's popular and he's affordable for next season ($5.5 million). And the Padres, who missed the playoffs by one game after their offense couldn't score enough to support their stellar pitching, won't be able to come near replacing his offense at the same price.

Still, that's how small-payroll teams compete: Make great, cheap acquisitions, then make great trade decisions when moving them prior to free agency. And the Padres seem uniquely positioned to judge this trade, given that Hoyer, assistant GM Jason McLeod, and Josh Byrnes, hired Friday as San Diego's vice president of baseball operations, all worked for the Red Sox and know their prospects well. You wouldn't figure they'll get fleeced, nor will they make a deal that doesn't bring enough back. (Here is a Baseball America 's analysis of Boston's top prospects.)

Perhaps the best part of this deal from Boston's perpective would be that they would add an elite offensive player with virtually no effect on their pursuit of big-hitting free agents Jayson Werth and Carl Crawford. Imagine how scary Boston's lineup would look with all three.

Interestingly, this news came out hours after the Red Sox met with Scott Boras about free-agent third baseman Adrian Beltre. If Boston loses Beltre, the plan would be to move Kevin Youkilis to third, freeing up first base. The pursuit of Gonzalez could signal that the Red Sox are planning for life after Beltre.

-- David Andriesen

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Comments

Since: Jun 6, 2008
Posted on: December 6, 2010 3:38 pm
 

Red Sox pursue Padres' Gonzalez

120 stolen bases in 2 season begs to differ. unless they're a lock to sign Carl Crawford, they shouldn't even think about trading him.

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Can he steal first?  Because he can't hit leadoff, he has no power, and he lost his CF job to Mike Cameron last year.  Not to mention, he's proven susceptible to the injury bug.  The guy is overrated as they come.



Since: Jun 14, 2009
Posted on: December 4, 2010 1:33 am
 

Red Sox pursue Padres' Gonzalez

"Ellsbury?  A lot of Sox fans would be happy to see him go.  He's nothing special"

120 stolen bases in 2 season begs to differ. unless they're a lock to sign Carl Crawford, they shouldn't even think about trading him.



Since: Nov 7, 2008
Posted on: December 4, 2010 12:07 am
 

Red Sox pursue Padres' Gonzalez

"source familiar with the negotiations" is journalistic code for imaginary friend of the sportswriter.  How about they wait to write about the story until it actually is a story.  Or at the very least, they have an idea of who is being talked about in the trade.  Simply saying prospects doesn't actually make it a factual story, tell us which prospects...



Since: Mar 4, 2007
Posted on: December 3, 2010 11:58 pm
 

Red Sox pursue Padres' Gonzalez

I believe the sox will finally get Gonzalez, but the main chip can't be an injury prone Ellsbury or Dice-K, you have to be realistic you are going to lose 3 top prospects, but hey for Gonzalez, it just might be worth it.



Since: Apr 3, 2009
Posted on: December 3, 2010 11:53 pm
 

Red Sox pursue Padres' Gonzalez

Calm down Red Sox fans, dont ya hear every single year that the Sox are trying to trade for Gonzalez? I gotta say tho, if you take Gonzalez out of that park, team, division, he has the potential to destroy things. With that being said, he should try to get the hell outta there asap.



Since: Dec 8, 2008
Posted on: December 3, 2010 11:02 pm
 

Red Sox pursue Padres' Gonzalez

If the Boston Red Soxs get Gonzalez that would be good for them but also San Diego really need himUndecided



Since: Jun 6, 2008
Posted on: December 3, 2010 10:37 pm
 

Red Sox pursue Padres' Gonzalez

To Sox fans, Bucchholz and Ellsbury are staying put.

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Ellsbury?  A lot of Sox fans would be happy to see him go.  He's nothing special.



Since: Nov 10, 2006
Posted on: December 3, 2010 9:47 pm
 

Red Sox pursue Padres' Gonzalez

The rumored deal seems to involve mainly prospects, Anthony Rizzo (1B) (Red Sox top position prospect), Casey Kelly (top pitching prospect), a major league ready player, probably Ryan Kalish or Jed Lowrie, and if not Lowrie, Inglesis their SS of the future.  To Sox fans, Bucchholz and Ellsbury are staying put.



Since: Dec 27, 2008
Posted on: December 3, 2010 9:30 pm
 

Red Sox pursue Padres' Gonzalez

"give 'em dice-k and someone else"


funniest thing I have read in a while.  he costs a few times as much as Agon, sucks ass and it aint going to happen.  More like Casey Kelly, Jacoby and 3 of your grade B or better prospects



Since: Jan 29, 2008
Posted on: December 3, 2010 9:26 pm
 

Red Sox pursue Padres' Gonzalez

give 'em dice-k and someone else


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