Adrian Gonzalez is one of the top first basemen in baseball. He is just entering his prime at 28 years old and has surpassed 30 home runs and 100 RBI in each of the last four seasons—an accomplishment reached in Petco Park, a pitcher’s paradise.
Gonzalez is poised for a monster season in Fenway Park’s cozy confines with protection and run-producing opportunities he never had in San Diego.
Yet his contract is still an issue. While much of the groundwork for an extension was done before the Red Sox dealt for Gonzalez, nothing is in writing as of yet.
While there is a general understanding that a tentative deal for seven years and $154 million (average of $22 million per season) is in the works, nothing is certain until pen hits paper.
Continue reading to see which first basemen Gonzalez and his agent, John Boggs, might use to compare with his potential contract.