First baseman: Adrian Gonzalez
Gonzalez was at the center of the first reports of a meeting between the team's players and owners at the end of July. The Yahoo! Sports reports said Gonzalez sent the text message that initiated the meeting "on behalf of himself and some teammates" after manager Bobby Valentine left Jon Lester in to allow 11 runs in a July 22 start. Gonzalez also told ESPNdeportesLosAngeles.com, "Very few times [the Boston media] asks me about baseball. But most of the time it's about gossip, rumors, plots, well ... a soap opera."