BoSox pick up Gonzalez from Padres

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BOSTON -- The Boston Red Sox made it official on Monday and acquired first baseman Adrian Gonzalez from the San Diego Padres in exchange for three minor league prospects and a player to be named later.

Word of the trade first broke Saturday morning and early reports on Sunday indicated that the deal hit a snag when the Red Sox and Gonzalez couldn't work out terms of a contract extension. There was no mention of a new deal in Boston's press release.

The 28-year-old 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 will acquire some of Boston's top prospects in pitcher Casey Kelly, first baseman Anthony Rizzo and outfielder Reymond Fuentes.

Gonzalez is a San Diego native and had 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 for the Rangers and Padres.

Kelly, a 21-year-old right-hander, was selected by Boston with the 30th overall pick of the 2008 draft. He has a record of 10-10 with a 3.69 earned run average and 155 strikeouts in 190 innings over 38 career minor league starts.

Rizzo, also 21, hit a combined .260 with 42 doubles, 25 homers, 100 runs batted in and 92 runs scored in 136 combined games for Single-A Salem and Double-A Portland in 2010. He was Boston's minor league offensive co-player of the year.

Fuentes, just 19 years old, was chosen with the 28th overall pick of the 2009 draft and last year batted .270 with 15 doubles, five homers, 41 runs batted in and 42 stolen bases in 104 games for Single-A Greenville.


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