Now That Sox Have Lackey, Could Adrian Gonzalez Be Next?

With Monday's signing of John Lackey, the Red Sox now have a six-man rotation: Jon Lester, Josh Beckett, Lackey, Daisuke Matsuzaka and Clay Buchholz/Tim Wakefield. What will they do with that extra arm? One theory: trade it for a bat, sepecifically, Adrian Gonzalez. From Ken Rosenthal:

One rival GM theorizes that if the Red Sox sign free-agent right-hander John Lackey, they then will lock up righty Josh Beckett long- term and trade righty Clay Buchholz in a package for Padres first baseman Adrian Gonzalez.

Under that scenario, first baseman Kevin Youkilis would move to third and the Sox would employ a Mike Cameron-Jeremy Hermida type platoon in left.

The Sox's big investments would be Lackey and Beckett; Gonzalez will earn a club-friendly $4.75 million next season, and his deal includes a $5.5 million club option for 2011.

Free agents Adrian Beltre, Matt Holliday and Jason Bay?

All would be shut out in Boston.


G AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB K SB CS AVG OBP SLG
2009 - Adrian Gonzalez 160 552 90 153 27 2 40 99 119 109 1 1 .277 .407 .551

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