- Associated Press - Friday, December 3, 2010

SAN DIEGO (AP) - A person familiar with the talks tells The Associated Press that the San Diego Padres are having very serious discussions with Boston about trading All-Star first baseman Adrian Gonzalez to the Red Sox.

The person, who spoke Friday night on condition of anonymity because talks are ongoing, says the Padres likely would receive prospects if a deal is finalized.

Boston was interested in Gonzalez last offseason.

Padres general manager Jed Hoyer has said for some time that the slugger would be too expensive to keep after next season. Hoyer, who used to work for Boston GM Theo Epstein, didn’t respond to a request for comment.

The Padres recently exercised Gonzalez’s $6.2 million option for 2011, the final year of a team-friendly $15 million, five-year contract he signed in 2007.

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