Adrian Gonzalez, Red Sox Fail to Reach Contract Extension; Trade in Jeopardy
Major League Baseball had granted the Red Sox a negotiating window that expired at 2 p.m. ET Sunday, but no deal was reached with Gonzalez and his agent, John Boggs. It was not immediately clear if that would scuttle the trade set to bring the All-Star to Boston in exchange for four prospects.
"All I can say is, it was very disappointing it could not work out," Boggs told FanHouse's Tom Krasovic. "We're very busy at this point."
Boston could still opt to make the deal and hope to reach common ground on an extension sometime before or during the 2011 season -- the final year in Gonzalez's contract. That would be risky, as the Red Sox are set to pay a hefty price in prospects Casey Kelly, Anthony Rizzo, Reymond Fuentes and another to be named for what could end up being a one-year rental of Gonzalez.
The Red Sox could also choose to walk away, redouble their efforts to sign Carl Crawford (now that Jayson Werth is off the market), and perhaps bring Adrian Beltre back on a new deal.
The benchmark most expected Gonzalez to shoot for was the eight-year, $180 million deal Mark Teixeira got from the Yankees two winters ago. There's also the matter of the extension Ryan Howard signed with the Phillies in April, guaranteeing him $125 million from 2012-17.