Adrian Gonzalez Traded to Red Sox, Says He Is `Ready to Beat the Yanks'

(Corrects Gonzalez’s stay in San Diego, in sixth paragraph.)

Adrian Gonzalez joined the Boston Red Sox today and immediately said he was “ready to beat the Yanks.”

The 28-year-old first baseman, who has hit 30 home runs in each of the last four Major League Baseball seasons, was traded to the Red Sox from the San Diego Padres for three minor leaguers and a player to be named.

Gonzalez will earn $6.2 million next season in the final year of his contract, and the Red Sox are confident that they will agree on an extension before he becomes a free agent in 2011, the team said on its website.

“I’m very excited to be here in Boston and ready to beat the Yanks,” Gonzalez said on the website.

The Red Sox failed to make the playoffs last season for the first time since 2006, finishing third in the American League East behind the Tampa Bay Rays and Boston’s biggest rival, the New York Yankees.

Gonzalez was the No. 1 pick in the 2000 draft and spent his past five seasons with the Padres. The three-time All-Star and two-time gold Glove winner hit .298 with 31 home runs and 101 runs batted in last season.

The Red Sox scored 818 runs and hit 211 homers in 2010, both second-most in the American League. The Red Sox, plagued by injuries to 2008 AL Most Valuable Player Dustin Pedroia and All- Stars Josh Beckett, Kevin Youkilis and Mike Cameron, finished 89-73 last season, seven games behind the Rays in the AL East.

The Padres receive pitcher Casey Kelly, outfielder Raymond Fuentes and first baseman Anthony Rizzo in the deal. The three players were ranked No. 2, No. 7 and No. 8 on Baseball America’s list of Boston’s top 10 prospects last December.

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