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12/06/2010 - 1:52pm
A-Gon on shoulder: 'They know I'm healthy'

Adrian Gonzalez assured everyone Monday that his surgically repaired right shoulder won't keep him from being an offensive force in the Red Sox batting order.

 

While WEEI.com's Alex Speier confirmed Ken Rosenthal's report of a seven-year, $154 million extension in place for the 28-year-old slugger, Gonzalez was telling everyone at his news conference at Fenway that shoulder surgery in October won't affect his 2011 season — his first in Boston.

 

"I really good," Gonzalez said. "My shoulder is ahead of schedule. I'll be ready for Opening Day, no doubt in my mind. I know my body and feel that it feels great. We went through a lot of physicals and they look at every aspect of my shoulder and the rest of my body and they know I'm healthy."

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12/06/2010 - 1:49pm
Source: Seven year, $154M for Gonzalez

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. -- A baseball source confirmed a report by Ken Rosenthal of FoxSports.com (via twitter) that the Red Sox and first baseman Adrian Gonzalez have the framework of a seven-year deal for approximately $154 million in place. That deal, worth an average of $22 million per season, would run from 2012-18, augmenting the $6.2 million contract option under which Gonzalez will be playing in 2011.

 

While the Padres ended up taking three high-ceiling talents from the Sox minor league system, the two teams also discussed at different points the inclusion of players who are viewed as major league ready. Specifically, according to a source with knowledge of the talks, they discussed Jacoby Ellsbury, Felix Doubront and Jed Lowrie.

 

For more on the shape of the trade talks,...

12/06/2010 - 1:46pm
Francona on D&H: 'Big move for us'

Red Sox manager Terry Francona checked in with the Dale & Holley show Monday afternoon from the winter meetings in Orlando and gushed about the team's new acquisition, Adrian Gonzalez.

 

"This is one of the best hitters in baseball," Francona said. "This is a big move for us. We're getting a middle-of-the-order bat, a guy that's won a couple of Gold Gloves. His age is still young. This is exciting. And again, we gave up some good players to get him, but that's the only way you can get a guy of this caliber."

 

Added Francona: "It's amazing when you get a hitter of his caliber how it affects the lineup. Everybody gets better. All of a sudden, [Kevin] Youkilis, [David] Ortiz, [Dustin] Pedroia — it's the same way when we got Victor [Martinez], that's how we felt. This guy is a genuine run-producer, and I think playing in Fenway is just going to enhance that. So, this is obviously very exciting...

12/06/2010 - 12:57pm
Gonzalez on D&H: I'll play through pain

New Red Sox slugger Adrian Gonzalez checked in with the Dale & Holley show Monday, shortly after his introductory press conference at Fenway Park. Gonzalez reiterated that his hometown Padres and the Red Sox have always been his two favorite teams. "If you are going to get traded and if you are going to go somewhere else, my choice was always Boston," he said. "So, very exciting day today that I'm able to go the place where I want to be if I'm not in San Diego."

 

Gonzalez talked about playing in cavernous Petco Park and how he expects a boost switching to the more comfortable Fenway Park. Said Gonzalez: "I know that most of my outs in the air are to left field, so that's something to look forward to. … I let the ball get deep, I hit the ball in the air to left field. My No. 1 goal at the plate is to get the ball in the air. I don't want to hit it on the ground. You'll find out, I'm very slow. Speed is not...

12/06/2010 - 12:33pm
Agent: Not asking for precedent-setting deal
By: DJ Bean

San Diego-based agent John Boggs, who represents Red Sox first baseman Adrian Gonzalez, is hopeful the two sides can reach a long-term contract extension soon. Following the press conference to introduce Gonzalez, Boggs spoke of the give-and-take that will need to exist for the two sides to reach an agreement. 

 

"I think there's a good feeling of everybody knowing where they are," Boggs said. "When you get down to the wire, that's when you basically drill down to the final line, numbers, where they have their standoff, where we have our standoff, there's enough for everybody to walk away. There's obviously going to be a compromise somewhere. … It benefits everybody to get things expedited, because I've got a player that wants to be here."

 

The sides reached an impasse in their negotiations Sunday, leading Boggs to believe the Sox would not go through with trading for Gonzalez. The Red Sox...

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