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What now for the Red Sox?

Posted by Nick Cafardo, Globe Staff  December 5, 2010 04:21 PM

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It ain't over 'til it's over seemed to be the late battle cry in the Adrian Gonzalez talks, which ended when the two sides couldn't agree on a contract extension.

The Red Sox would not get as high as Mark Teixeira money eight years at about $180 million and Gonzalez's agent, John Boggs, would not get to the compromise that would make it happen. Gonzalez's plane was scheduled to leave Boston late this afternoon and unless there was a last-minute deal struck, this will either have to be revisited, or it's over.

If it is over, what a letdown. The Red Sox could have had the most perfectly suited player for their offense and ballpark in years. Now it's back to the drawing board. Will the Sox now make a concerted effort to sign Carl Crawford? Will they extend an offer to Adrian Beltre now with the Oakland A's out of the picture?

What seemed like a nice, easy acquisition that would take care of the bulk of Boston's offseason, has now been put into complete chaos.

The names of the three prospects who were going to be traded have now been out in public. The groundswell of good feeling in Red Sox Nation could now turn to anger that the Sox couldn't get a deal done.

And what kind of a gamble is Gonzalez taking?

Will he get Teixeira money elsewhere after the season?

Will he have to go to Washington or Baltimore? Texas?

He seemed to have the ideal situation. Actually both the Red Sox and Gonzalez had the ideal situation. The Padres also had the best deal they could ever make - three top prospects.

UPDATE, 5:00 p.m.: Jayson Werth and the Nationals have agreed to a seven-year, $126 million deal.

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