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The Boston Red Sox today signed first baseman Adrian Gonzalez to a seven-year, $154 million contract extension through the 2018 season. According to Buster Olney, the deal includes a $6 million signing bonus, $21 million per year from 2012-16 and $21.5 million per year in 2017 and 2018.
The announcement was made by Executive Vice President/General Manager Theo Epstein.
In a maneuver that mirrored last year’s four-year, $68 million extension with starter Josh Beckett. In signing Gonzalez after the start of the season, his contract dollars for this season will not count against the Luxury Tax ceiling.
Gonzalez, 28, was acquired by the Red Sox from the San Diego Padres on December 6, 2010. He has started at first base in all 11 of Boston’s games this season and has gone 11-for-41 (.268) at the plate with two doubles, one triple, one home run, seven RBI, five runs, five walks and a stolen base. He is tied for the team lead with four multi-hit contests.
A three-time National League All-Star (2008-10), Gonzalez hit .298 (176-for-591) with 33 doubles, 31 home runs, 101 RBI, 87 runs scored and 93 walks in 160 games for the Padres in 2010. He ranked among NL leaders in games played (T-5th), hits (7th), home runs (T-8th), RBI (12th), total bases (T-6th, 302), walks (3rd), intentional walks (2nd, 35), on-base percentage (5th, .393), slugging (9th, .511) and OPS (7th, .904). A left-handed hitter, Gonzalez paced the Majors with a .407 average (48-for-118) with runners in scoring position and placed fifth in the National League with a .315 clip (97-for-308) on the road and eighth in the circuit with a .337 mark (67-for-199) against left-handed pitching. He also finished second among NL first basemen with 1,459 total chances and 1,324 putouts, third with 127 assists, 125 double plays and 159 games, and fifth with a .995 fielding percentage (eight errors) en route to being named the Padres Most Valuable Player for the third straight year and fourth time overall (2006, 2008-10).
Selected by the Florida Marlins with the first overall pick in the 2000 First-Year Player Draft, Gonzalez has a .284 career average (911-for-3,208) with 188 doubles, nine triples, 169 home runs, 532 RBI, 493 runs scored and 420 walks with a .368 on-base percentage, .506 slugging and .874 OPS in 869 Major League games over parts of eight seasons with the Texas Rangers (2004-05), Padres (2006-10) and Red Sox (2011). He knocked at least 30 home runs in each of four seasons from 2007-10, one of nine Major Leaguers to reach the mark every year in that time, and collected 100 RBI three times during that span. Gonzalez was honored with the Rawlings Gold Glove Award at first base in consecutive seasons in 2008-09 and has recorded a .995 career fielding percentage in 824 games at the position (41 E/7,548 TC). He leads all Major League first baseman since 2006 in games played (803), games started (tied, 790) and innings played (7,068.0) and is second in total chances (7,354), putouts (6,658) and assists (658). Additionally, he hit .357 (5-for-14) with two runs and three walks in four Division Series games with the Padres in 2006.
Along with his wife, he established The Adrian and Betsy Gonzalez Foundation in 2008, focused on empowering underprivileged youth in areas of athletics, education and health. A native of San Diego, CA, Gonzalez received the Padres Chairman’s Award in 2007 for contributions to the community.
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