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.
Indians outfielder Leonys Martin will be released from the Cleveland Clinic on Sunday, according to comments from club president Chris Antonetti. Martin was hospitalized with a life-threatening bacterial infection several weeks ago, one that was said to have affected multiple organs and jeopardized Martin’s quality of life, as well as his career. The length of his recovery process is still undefined, Antonetti added, noting that there’s “no precedent for how to return to playing shape,” though it seems unlikely that he’ll be able to work back up to full strength before the season wraps up in September.
It’s been a tumultuous season for Martin, who also battled a left hamstring strain that cost him another four weeks on the disabled list earlier this year. He’s appeared in just six games with the Indians this season, collecting five hits and two home runs over 17 plate appearances. Taking into account his 78-game stint with the Tigers prior to the trade deadline, he slashed a combined .255/.323/.425 with 11 homers and a .747 OPS across 353 PA in 2018.
As the outfielder’s status is still up in the air for the time being, no significant roster changes appear to be in the team’s immediate future. Fellow outfielders Greg Allen and Rajai Davis will continue to split duties in center field during Martin’s absence. The 25-year-old rookie, Allen, has seen the bulk of the starts in center field over the last two weeks and is currently batting .243/.278/.305 with seven extra-base hits and a .583 OPS in his first full season at the major league level.