8:10: Joel Sherman of the New York Post says that the Redsox and Gonzalez were unable to workout extension so he will be a free agent at the end of the 2011 season.
7:50: According to Jon Heyman of Sports Illustrated, “Adrian Gonzalez is now headed to the Red Sox.” The deal is apparently done, and their will be a Press Conference tomorrow to introduce him.
Although it seemed earlier in the week that the Padres-Redox deal that was set to send slugging Padres First Baseman Adrian Gonzalez to Fenway was close to being finished, the talks have cooled significantly because the Padres have failed to work out an extension with their first basemen. The Padres have issued a statement saying that if they do not work out this deal with the Redsox then Gonzalez will stay as a Padre for the 2011 season. They are trying to put pressure on Gonzalez to sign an extension so that he does indeed get traded.
It has been reported though, that it is not only Gonzalez holding up the deal, but the Redsox have shown some hesitation to pull the trigger. If they did indeed complete the five player trade, the sox would be sending four of their best prospects for the 28 year old first basemen who is set to be a free agent after the 2010 season. So, instead of completing a sign and trade now, why not wait until the 2011 offseason when they can do their own bidding in a market they feel will be more favorable as they can outbid any other team, without giving up four of their best prospects.
Around baseball, people say this deal will not be completely dead unless the Redsox go out and sign Adrian Beltre to play third, moving the Redsox Kevin Youkalis back to first.