The Boston Red Sox have placed three-time Gold Glove first baseman Adrian Gonzalez on baseball's waiver wire, according to reports from Sean McAdam of CSNNE.com.
While such an ostensibly stirring move garners the attention of fans around the country, late-August waiver moves are actually very common in the MLB. Gonzalez will likely be removed from the wire if any team tries to claim him. Most likely, Beantown is just looking to gauge offseason interest.
Still, with the Red Sox plummeting out of contention, waiver trade talk could spark up. A slew of playoff hopefuls may look to make a play at A-Gon as September rears its head.
With a payroll of over $175 million on the books, Boston will try to skirt a league-imposed luxury tax this winter. Perhaps axing Gonzalez' $154 million contract is in the works.
Regardless, trade speculation will run rampant in the coming days. Check out the Los Angeles Dodgers and four other teams that could take a shot at acquiring the star first baseman.