Gordon Edes and Buster Olney both report that an Adrian Gonzalez acquisition may be in the cards for the Sox, and soon. Olney's Twitter feed was updated at 5am this morning stating that things are close enough for AG to be discussing a contract extension with the Sox. This would obviously mean good-bye to Adrian Beltre and a shift of Youk to third. We wonder who, if this rumor has legs, is this deal's Hanley Ramirez, or if Theo will be able to hold back his most prized possessions. First, let's see whether this is for real.
Update: Olney's latest tweet alludes to the possibility that SS Jose Iglesias is a potential piece in the deal.
Update 2: Ken Rosenthal in on the fun too.
Update 3: MLB supposedly approves a negotiating window for the Sox and AG.
Clarification: by "AG" we do not mean "attackgerbil". Sorry for any confusion and/or panic for our YFs.
Update 4: Olney reports that AG has been flown to Boston.
Update 5: The Boston Globe reports trade terms finalized, physical taken, everything is now pending contract extension. The players being sent from the Sox are Anthony Rizzo, Casey Kelly, and Rey Fuentes. Other reports state there also may be a PTBNL.
12 replies on “On to Gonzo?”
“…if this rumor has legs…”
if i read olney right it has more than legs…can’t say i’m surprised though…sox have wanted this guy for awhile now…hopefully they have to give up a bunch to get him… ;)
This happened fast! Just yesterday, it was “Sox are making headway.” Last night, it was “Sox have offered a package,” and suddenly, boom, it’s in the 72-hour window. Very exciting!
Given the cost Gonzalez would command in an extension, as well as his handedness, I can see the Sox acquiring Werth now because he’s a righty and he won’t carry a $20 million/year cost.
Olney reports the Sox are sending Casey Kelly, Anthony Rizzo and Reymond Fuentes.
If true, nice. Rizzo is redundant, and the other two aren’t imminent major leaguers. And they will replaced in the draft as well. What is next? Werth?
Darn it, I had my bags packed!
If those are the only three in the deal then that’s fantastic. Hate to part with Kelly, but for AGonz it’s worth it.
Absolutely. Rizzo is no longer needed, Ranaudo replaces Kelly as the hotshot pitching prospect and Fuentes is more of a wild card who could conceivably be blocked for the foreseeable future by Kalish-Ellsbury-Crawwerth. Five draft picks coming from Martinez, Beltre and Lopez. If the Sox sign Crawford or Werth, they’ll still have four of the top 50 picks in a deep draft.
So in the last 4 years AGonz has averaged 34 homers per season at Petco. How many will he hit at Fenway? I smell a Paul post!
I think he has averaged 34 homers while playing his home games at Petco, Ath. Nonetheless, he’s nothing like a dead pull hitter, and Fenway’s left field should boost him, big time. If the long-term deal goes through and this trade gets nailed down this is super exciting.
I am a huge advocate of this strategy for such a big market club as ours: draft well, trade guys a year, two, three away for players that other teams won’t shell out for. Continue to draft well. Rinse, repeat. I love it.
“…I am a huge advocate of this strategy for such a big market club as ours: draft well, trade guys a year, two, three away for players that other teams won’t shell out for. Continue to draft well. Rinse, repeat. I love it….”
this comment was tongue in cheek right sf?…”big market”?, trading prospects?…suddenly you don’t sound like the typical red sox fan…then again, you never were “typical”… hehe ;)
i won’t congratulate you guys prematurely so it won’t jinx it, but i can see why you’d be excited about this move…while you’re losing beltre’s production, you’re picking up one of the better players in the nat lg…and he’s probably good enough to withstand the battles in the american league east…
The key is drafting well – then the system both breeds homegrown talent and riches to trade. Not exactly a daring statement I am making, of course.
i was kidding with you…i knew what you meant…when you draft well, you have the flexibility to hang on to a few that blossom into stars for you, and you have a few to use for trade bait…i’ll say this for the sox, they have drafted very well in recent years…