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SAN DIEGO (AP) - The San Diego Padres have reached agreement to trade hometown star Adrian Gonzalez to the Boston Red Sox, a person with knowledge of the situation told The Associated Press on Sunday night.
The person spoke on condition of anonymity because the trade hasn’t been announced. Both teams were ready to formalize the deal Monday.
There was no official word on whether Boston had worked out a contract extension for Gonzalez, a slugging All-Star first baseman.
The Padres, who have a long history of dumping star players because of to financial reasons, will receive minor league right-hander Casey Kelly, first baseman Anthony Rizzo and outfielder Reymond Fuentes, plus a player to be determined later.
Because of the caliber of the prospects they’re giving up, the Red Sox wanted to protect themselves by extending Gonzalez’s contract beyond 2011. Although the sides couldn’t agree by the 2 p.m. EST deadline Sunday, it’s thought the sides exchanged parameters and will continue to work toward a deal.
Agent John Boggs has said in recent interviews that Gonzalez wants fair market value. It’s believed that if Gonzalez were to hit the free agent market, he’d command a contract similar to that of Mark Teixeira, who finished the second season of a $180 million, eight-year contract with the New York Yankees.
Padres general manager Jed Hoyer _ who used to work in Boston’s front office _ has said for some time that the Padres wouldn’t be able to afford the kind of big-money contract Gonzalez would command if he hit the free-agent market.
The left-hander hit .298 with 31 homers and 101 RBIs last season.
In five seasons with San Diego, Gonzalez has 161 homers _ two shy of Nate Colbert’s club record _ and 501 RBIs. Including parts of two seasons with Texas, he has 168 homers and 525 RBIs.
He set a Padres record with his fourth 30-homer season. His third 100-RBI season tied Phil Nevin for the most in club history.
Gonzalez had surgery to clean up the labrum in his non-throwing right shoulder on Oct. 20. The Padres said then that the three-time All-Star and two-time Gold Glove first baseman was expected to be ready for spring training.
The popular Gonzalez grew up in the San Diego area and was the No. 1 overall pick by Florida in the 2000 amateur draft. He was obtained in a trade with Texas before the 2006 season and has blossomed into one of the game’s best first basemen.
Boston was interested in Gonzalez last winter.
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