Adrian Gonzalez Take Two: Deal Done After All, But Without Contract Extension

deleteth accounethCorrespondent IIIDecember 6, 2010

SAN FRANCISCO - OCTOBER 03:  Adrian Gonzalez #23 of the San Diego Padres bats against the San Francisco Giants at AT&T Park on October 3, 2010 in San Francisco, California.  (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)
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Adrian Gonzalez is reportedly close to officially becoming a member of the Boston Red Sox, despite the fact that the two sides have failed to reach a contract extension. and were the first to report this, about 30 minutes ago.

This comes after reports had surfaced that the Gonzalez deal was getting the nix, because the two sides were unable to reach an agreement on a new deal.

It's very possible that the Sox used the 2 p.m. window allotted by Major League Baseball as an opportunity to sit down and get a concrete idea of what Gonzalez is looking for before making the deal official.

It's important to note that the Sox would stand to save a significant amount of money on the MLB luxury tax if they wait until after opening day 2011 to announce a contract extension, ala Josh Beckett last year.

No official word yet from the Boston brass.


UPDATE: 8:48 p.m. - ESPN is confirming the story. The Padres are receiving P Casey Kelly, 1B Anthony Rizzo, OF Raymond Fuentes, and a player to be named later, as was earlier reported.