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12/06/2010 - 4:40pm
Outfield not a consideration for Youkilis

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. -- While there had been some speculation that the Red Sox might consider a move of Kevin Youkilis to the outfield in order to make a run at re-signing Adrian Beltre, multiple baseball sources say that the team would not entertain such a possibility. Instead, Youkilis -- who has spent this offseason working out at third base, and continues to recover well from the surgery to repair the adductor muscle on his hand -- will shift from first to third to accommodate first baseman Adrian Gonzalez, who was acquired from the Padres on Monday. That, in turn, would seem to spell the end of Beltre's time with the Red Sox.

 

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12/06/2010 - 4:31pm
Black: Gonzalez 'goes about it the right way'

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. -- Speaking at the winter meetings at the Dolphin Resort Hotel, San Diego manager Bud Black lamented the loss of Adrian Gonzalez to the Red Sox but said that his team would be ready for life without the first baseman, with the hope that the minor-leaguers the Padres got in return could help sooner than later.

 

"I don't know if it's going to be difficult, but it's going to be a challenge," Black said. "I think we're going to up for it." The manager later added regarding Casey Kelly, Anthony Rizzo, and Reymond Fuentes, "They're young with a lot of potential and I think they're probably closer to the big leagues than a lot of people think, for what I'm hearing." Black also said executing the trade gives his organization some "clarity where we need to go and get players."

 

When asked about Gonzalez, Black spoke glowingly. "First and foremost, he's a talented...

12/06/2010 - 3:43pm
Ex-BC star Bill Guerin will retire

Former Boston College star Bill Guerin will retire after 18 NHL seasons with eight different teams, it was announced Monday. Guerin, who scored 429 goals over the course of his career, had 25 goals or more eight times, including a career-high 41 with Boston during a 66-point season in 2001-02. He had a career-high 69 points on 34 goals and 35 assists with Dallas in 2003-04. Guerin won two Stanley Cups over the course of his career, including one with the Devils in 1995 and another with the Penguins in 2009.


12/06/2010 - 2:52pm
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 - 2:49pm
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.

 

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