Red Sox close to acquiring Gonzalez from Padres

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Boston - The Boston Red Sox are reportedly close to acquiring first baseman Adrian Gonzalez from the San Diego Padres.

According to the Boston Globe, the Red Sox are set to bring Gonzalez to Boston for a physical and could also be negotiating a contract extension. Gonzalez, who underwent shoulder surgery last month, is set to become a free agent after next season and is slated to make just $6.2 million in 2011.

San Diego would reportedly acquire some of Boston's top prospects and the Globe stated that pitcher Casey Kelly and first baseman Anthony Rizzo could be among those headed to the Padres.

The 28-year-old Gonzalez is a San Diego native and has spent the past five seasons with the Padres, who acquired him from Texas before the 2006 campaign in a deal that sent Adam Eaton to the Rangers. Gonzalez was the first overall pick of the 2000 draft by Florida but never played for the Marlins, who sent him to Texas in July 2003 as part of a package for Ugueth Urbina.

In 160 games last season, Gonzalez clubbed 31 homers and drove in 101 runs while batting .298. He slugged a career-best 40 home runs in 2009 and has reached the 100-RBI plateau three times in the last four years.

Gonzalez, who has missed just five games over the past four seasons, is a three-time All-Star and two-time Gold Glove winner. He is a career .284 hitter with 168 homers and 525 runs batted in.

The acquisition of Gonzalez would move Kevin Youkilis to third base and end negotiations with free agent third baseman Adrian Beltre, who spent one very successful season with the Red Sox.


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