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While many teams would no doubt be interested in acquiring Padres first baseman Adrian Gonzalez should he come on the market, very few teams have actually been rumored as interested. The Chicago Cubs are one. Another? The Boston Red Sox.

The Red Sox could have extended themselves to match or outbid the Tigers on Victor Martinez, so there’s no doubt they are saving their shekels for a bigger splash. It’s likely to be San Diego first baseman Adrian Gonzalez, who would increase interest, put up huge numbers at Fenway Park, and make everyone forget they lost one of the great values on the free agent market in Martinez.

Gonzalez may be recovering from shoulder surgery, but all indications are that it shouldn’t prevent him from getting some spring training time. The Boston Globe.

While the Red Sox do have one of the best group of MLB-ready prospects in baseball, the Cubs could probably compete head-to-head on a good offer. Still, the Red Sox might be willing and able to offer a more lucrative extension, something Gonzalez might know – which might make him less likely to sign on long-term with the Cubs if he’s conditionally dealt to them pending the team’s ability to negotiate a long-term deal (something that any team trading for Gonzalez is going to want to do).

If you’re hoping for Gonzalez, you might be best served crossing your fingers for a Red Sox/Justin Upton trade. The young, stud outfielder is available, and the Red Sox are the most-heavily mentioned suitor. If the team lands Upton, they’ll probably no longer have the ammo San Diego is looking for in exchange for Gonzalez.

  • CubsFanatic

    I think what we need to do is just sign LaRoche. Then next year, push for Albert BIG time.

    • Tommy

      Yea, or move Colvin to the first base spot for the year, then make a hard push for a Pujols, Gonzalez, or Fielder next offseason. We’re probably not headed anywhere this year, so it doesnt make any sense to go and sign a Pena for a few years this offseason. Wait a year, let the rookies progress, and then make a big splash in free agency next year when Fukudome, Silva, and Ramirez come off the books

  • http://bleachernation ramy16

    I TOLD YOU THAT THE RED SOX WOULD MAKE A PUSH NOW THAT VICTOR MATINEZ IS GONE!! FREE UP ALOT OF MONEY…HENDRY BETTER HAVE A MIRACLE UP HIS TO GET HIS DONE! IF NOT HAVE A BACK UP PLAN! I STILL SAY WE SIGN CARLOS PENA! GOOD DEFENSIVE FIRST BASEMAN

    • Butcher

      Wow, dude. Relax.

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