According to multiple reports, the Boston Red Sox are close to acquiring Adrian Gonzalez from the San Diego Padres. The Red Sox have long coveted Gonzalez and it appears as if a trade could be consummated any day now. The 28-year-old first baseman hit .298 last season with 31 homers and 101 RBIs.
Over the last four season, Gonzalez has emerged as a superstar in the National League. In that time period, he’s hit at least 30 homers, batted in 99 RBis and posted an on-base percentage of at least .347. All that while playing in a pitcher’s ballpark in San Diego.
In return for Gonzalez, the Padres will be getting a group of minor leaguers. While no major league talent will be headed their way, the Red Sox have a number of valuable minor leaguers that will be changing hands. The exact number of minor leaguers headed to San Diego isn’t known, but it is believed to be between three and five. Names that could be included in the trade include Josh Riddick, Anthony Rizzo, Ryan Lavarnway, Jose Iglesias and Reymond Fuentes.
It the Red Sox do trade for Gonzalez, they may just be the beginning of a busy winter. Boston is also reportedly going to go after Jayson Werth and Carl Crawford in hopes of landing one of the best free agent outfielders on the market.