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Red Sox, Gonzalez Reportedly Agree to $154M Extension – SportsUntapped.com
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Added April 15th, 2011 by Chalk

Red Sox, Gonzalez Reportedly Agree to $154M Extension
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Just 11 games into his Boston Red Sox career, first baseman Adrian Gonzalez has reportedly agreed to the second richest contract in franchise history. The Red Sox are expected to announce Friday that they’ve signed the slugger to a seven-year, $154 million extension. Gonzalez, who was acquired from the San Diego Padres in a trade this offseason, is making $6.5 million this season.

Since the trade it’s long been expected Gonzalez would sign an extension, and the deal may have been basically in place for some times. The two main factors for waiting until the season started were concern over the first baseman’s health and delaying the luxury tax hit from his contract until next year.

So far Gonzalez is hitting .268 with one home run and seven RBI. A three-time All-Star now in his eighth MLB season, Gonzalez is a career .282 hitter with 169 home runs.

The only contract in Red Sox history worth more was Manny Ramirez’s eight-year, $160 million contract. Now if the 2-9 Red Sox could just get out of last place…

 
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