After a day of many twists and turns, it appears the Red Sox have landed Adrian Gonzalez.
Jon Heyman of SI.com is reporting the deal was done. More information as we get it.
UPDATE, 8:05 p.m.: It appears the deal was done without an extension. Look for the Red Sox to come to an agreement, but not announce it until after Opening Day. That would allow them to save millions on the luxury tax.
It is likely that the Red Sox and Gonzalez have an understanding of what the extension would be, otherwise it would be risky to trade three prospects for one year out of the first baseman. This is basically what happened with Josh Beckett last spring. There was a deal in place that was announced after Opening Day.
It also would allow them to make sure Gonzalez recovers from the surgery he had on his right (non-throwing) shoulder. But that is not a major issue.
UPDATE, 8:21 p.m.: Just for the record, the trade is still Gonzalez for Casey Kelly, Anthony Rizzo, Rey Fuentes and a player to be named later. That would indicate to me that the Sox feel an extension is in place.
UPDATE, 8:34 p.m.: So what happens now?
Jayson Werth's insane contract today means Carl Crawford will be looking for 8-10 years and $20 million a year. He's a good player but I'm not sure he's worth a $160 million investment.
The Red Sox will need to restock their bullpen as well. To me, that is a greater need than left field.
If the lineup is:
... Can the Red Sox compete for a title? They were second in the game in runs scored last year with all those injuries, so why not? A full year of Ellsbury, Pedroia and Youkilis can make up for the loss of Martinez to some extent.
At any rate, these are interesting times.