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12/06/2010 - 2:46pm
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 - 1:57pm
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 - 1:33pm
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...

12/06/2010 - 1:01pm
Hoyer: Gonzalez will be 'monster' at Fenway

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. -- Padres general manager Jed Hoyer suggested that it was a difficult decision to trade first baseman Adrian Gonzalez for a package of prospects, describing him as a "franchise player" for San Diego. But he also suggested that it was a deal that the Padres had to make, with Gonzalez being under team control for only one more year before he would be priced out of his hometown San Diego as a free agent.

 

For that reason, Hoyer -- after talking with seven or eight clubs in recent weeks, and seriously with three clubs -- said that the Padres had to make the move to deal their signature player. He said that the team was not giving up on 2011, but that it had to make this move for the franchise's best interests. He deemed Boston to be easily the most aggressive suitor, with a package of three prospects (Casey Kelly, Anthony Rizzo and Reymond Fuentes) that features three players who can be above-average big...

12/06/2010 - 1:00pm
Gonzalez presser: Sox 'best fit for me'

New Red Sox first baseman Adrian Gonzalez was introduced to the media at a Fenway Park press conference Monday morning. Gonzalez said the Red Sox were his favorite American League team growing up in San Diego.

 

"I'm very excited," Gonzalez said. "I've had five incredible years in San Diego. When I grew up, my whole dream as a kid was to play in the major leagues and be a Padre. My second dream was to be a Red Sox. So, I'm very excited. God has been very, very good to me, and I'm just very excited to start this new phase. I look forward to a lot of world championships."

 

Added Gonzalez: "Knowing that the possibility of remaining a Padre wasn't there, this is the best fit for me."

 

Gonzalez joked about how he looks forward to playing in a smaller park more suited to his left-handed stroke. "I'm looking forward to Opening Day, and my first fly ball that would...

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