SI’s Jon Heyman chips in:
- @SI_JonHeyman: multiple reports, including early one from @ScottMCBSSports, say gonzalez trade is close with #redsox. source says boston his 1st choice
And that Heyman-related tweet:
- @ScottMCBSSports: #RedSox in serious talks with #Padres to land Adrian Gonzalez. Sources say deal close: http://bit.ly/eYgLzM
Other tweets of note:
- @NCTPadres: Just was told #Padres-#RedSoxdeal would only involve Adrian Gonzalez and is “close.” No Heath Bell. #MLB
- @GordonEdes: Source: Boston Red Sox, San Diego Padres talking Adrian Gonzalez trade – ESPN Boston http://es.pn/fI5L2K
- @davidwadeWBZ: AGon: “I’ll have what Teixera is having, Thanks.” RT @Buster_ESPN: Sources: MLB approves a negotiating window for Sox and Adrian Gonzalez.
So here’s what would scare me, if I were a Sox fan:
Starting Wednesday, Padres All-Star first baseman Adrian Gonzalez will begin the rehabilitation process on the right shoulder he had surgery on three weeks ago.
Gonzalez, who has been wearing a sling since having surgery to repair his right labrum, is expected to be ready for Spring Training in February, though there’s no telling when he’ll be able to start swinging a bat.
Gonzalez told the Padres’ flagship station, XX 1090 AM, this week that he might not be able to swing a bat for “four or five months.” The four-month milestone would occur a week into the start of Spring Training
Now, there’s little question that this would be a truly GREAT move for the RedSox to land a guy as good as Gonzalez. A stud at the plate and in the field. The Sox will have to part with several of their very best non-major league talent (ie: not Bard, Ellsbury) AND pay him a Teixeira-like contract. That’s the old Johan Santana double-dip. Mike Axisa at RAB hits on this point, too:
Just look at how much the failure to sign Mark Teixeira has impacted the Sox. They had to trade three young players to the Indians for Victor Martinez in 2009 to make up for the lost offense, and now they have to deal even more young players to San Diego to fill the first base hole long-term. And they’re still going have to pay Gonzalez a boatload of money as if he was a free agent. Sucks for them.
I’m no doctor but the labrum surgery scares me. Probably not enough to not do the deal, but enough to lose some sleep over an 8 year deal, or whatever it will take to keep Gonzalez given the dumping of high-ceiling prospects.
What’s got me chuckling a bit is the early “OMG, the Yanks need to sign Lee AND Crawford/Werth RIGHT NOW” reactions. No, the Yankees to not need to overreact to a Sox trade. The Sox were a very good team going into 2010 that got derailed by injuries yet STILL managed to put up 89 wins. A healthy Sox team with the addition of Gonzalez makes them legitimately imposing, particularly if their pitching returns to form (looking at you, Beckett and Lackey). However, unless the Yanks can get a boatload for Gardner (to make room for a FA outfielder), there’s no need to overreact. Stand down, friends.