BoSox break bank for Gonzo
By Sports Network
BOSTON -- The Boston Red Sox and first baseman Adrian Gonzalez have agreed to a long-term extension.
A news conference has been scheduled for Friday afternoon to announce the pact, which Comcast Sports Net New England reports is worth $154 million over seven years.
The Red Sox acquired Gonzalez last December in a trade that sent four players to San Diego. He was set to become a free agent at the conclusion of the 2011 season and is making about $6.2 million this year, but a long-term deal had been in the works since the trade was announced.
In 11 games this season, Gonzalez is batting .268 with one homer and seven runs batted in.
The 28-year-old Gonzalez, a San Diego native, had spent the previous five seasons with the Padres, who acquired him from Texas before the 2006 campaign. 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.
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 169 homers and 532 runs batted in for the Rangers, Padres and Red Sox.