The Red Sox have received permission from Major League Baseball to negotiate with Gonzalez on a new contract, the sources said, and Gonzalez’s physical examination, one of last hurdles to the deal, could happen Saturday, when Gonzalez was expected to be in Boston.
The Padres would not receive any established major league players in the trade, but it’s likely the Red Sox would include their top pitching prospect, Casey Kelly, sources have said.
It’s going to be interesting to see how many bombs Gonzalez hits in 2011. He’s hit 107 of his 168 career homers in AWAY GAMES. Gonzalez has never played a game in Boston before. Apparently, Boston wants to give him an extension as soon as possible as he’s a free agent after next season. Adam Dunn got $14 million per year from the White Sox and Gonzalez should command much more than that.