The Red Sox are on the verge of a major roster upgrade, as they've agreed in principle to an Adrian Gonzalez trade that will bring the star first baseman over from San Diego.
However, as part of the deal, the Red Sox are trying to negotiate a contract extension for Gonzalez, who is currently a year away from free agency. And according to Ken Rosenthal, they have until 2pm ET on Sunday to work something out, at which point the negotiation window will close.
Gonzalez will earn $6.3 million in 2011 in his final year of team control, and is thought to be seeking an eight-year contract. One must remember that the inferior Ryan Howard signed a $125 million, five-year contract extension with the Phillies last April, while Mark Teixeira signed a $180 million, eight-year contract with the Yankees in December 2008. Given that Gonzalez is still young and highly productive, he has good reason to be seeking as much as he is.
Interestingly, because the negotiation window closes on Sunday, that means a trade was agreed to on Thursday, rather than Friday, when the rumors really caught fire.