FORT MYERS, Fla. — The status of Adrian Gonzalez’s contract extension didn’t seem to be a high priority item for the slugging first baseman as he worked out here for the first time today.
Gonzalez indicated he has not imposed deadlines for an extension, so there won’t be any contentious contract squabble, at least not now.
In fact, Gonzalez’s agent, John Boggs, won’t arrive in Fort Myers until around March 8 and that would appear to be the first time the sides will meet face-to-face since the 48-hour summit they held in Boston at the time of the Gonzalez deal.
It appears both sides have a general idea of how many dollars and years it would take to get a deal done. Announcing it after Opening Day would ensure the extension would not count against Boston’s luxury tax threshold for 2011, but it would be added beginning in 2012. This would appear to leave the Red Sox with some wiggle room if they need to make a trade deadline deal.