The Red Sox may want to wait on officially inking a contract extension with Adrian Gonzalez, but they do want some terms in place before signing off on their blockbuster five-player trade with the Padres. And it’s now officially crunch time.
Buster Olney of ESPN.com reports that the Sox won’t finalize the Gonzalez trade unless the first baseman agrees to an “understanding” toward a long-term deal. The deadline for negotiations has been set at 2pm ET — less than 30 minutes from now.
Gonzalez is thought to be seeking a contract similar to the five-year, $125 million one that Ryan Howard signed with the Phillies earlier this year. That’s far from unreasonable, but the Red Sox rightfully have some concerns about Gonzalez’s shoulder, which he had surgically repaired in October.
Free agent right-hander Henderson Alvarez signed a deal with the Tigres de Quintana Roo of the Mexican Baseball League earlier this week, FanRag Sports’ Jon Heyman reported Friday. The righty wasn’t necessarily too fringey a player to hack it in the big leagues, but there were no MLB takers in attendance during his showcase in Venezuela last month and he clearly felt it best to try his luck elsewhere.
The 27-year-old’s last major league gig came with the Phillies, for whom he delivered a 4.30 ERA, 6.8 BB/9 and 3.7 SO/9 over 14 2/3 innings in 2017. While he’s not too far removed from his first and only All-Star bid in 2014, he was besieged by shoulder issues in 2015 and 2016 and underwent season-ending surgeries as a result.
That added injury risk, coupled with the fact that he hasn’t pitched more than 22 innings in a single season since 2014, may have been too much for major league teams to take on this spring. Assuming he steers clear of further injuries, however, a return to the majors may not be entirely out of the question in years to come.