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Red Sox Complete Trade for Padres’ Adrian Gonzalez, ESPN Says

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Dec. 6 (Bloomberg) -- The Boston Red Sox completed a trade with the San Diego Padres for All-Star first baseman Adrian Gonzalez, ESPN reported, citing an unidentified person familiar with the situation.

The Red Sox will hold a news conference today to announce the deal, although they’ve broken off talks with Gonzalez on a long-term contract, ESPN said. Gonzalez, who had right shoulder surgery Oct. 20, is seeking a contract similar to Mark Teixeira’s eight-year, $180 million deal with the New York Yankees and the Red Sox are offering six years and $120 million, ESPN said.

The Padres will receive three minor-league prospects from the Red Sox for Gonzalez, who had one year left on his contract worth about $6 million. Gonzalez, 28, was the No. 1 pick in the 2000 Major League Baseball draft and spent the past five seasons playing in his hometown of San Diego.

Gonzalez hit .298 with 31 home runs and 101 runs batted in for the Padres last season. He’s hit 137 homers over the past four seasons, including a career-high 40 in 2009.

To contact the reporter on this story: Erik Matuszewski in New York at matuszewski@bloomberg.net

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Michael Sillup at msillup@bloomberg.net

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