Red Sox, Gonzalez ink 7-year extension

April 15, 2011 at 6:49 PM
| License Photo

BOSTON, April 15 (UPI) -- The Boston Red Sox and first baseman Adrian Gonzalez have agreed to a seven-year, $154 million contract extension, the team said Friday.

The Red Sox obtained the left-handed slugger from San Diego in a December trade that sent three prospects to the Padres, but the two sides couldn't agree on a long-term deal at the time.

The Boston Globe reported the agreement includes a $6 million signing bonus and $21 million per year from 2012-16. Gonzalez will receive $21.5 million per season from 2017-18, the report said.

"Very grateful for this opportunity,'' Gonzalez told reporters at a Fenway Park news conference. "Like I said back in December, I'm really excited about being able to play here for the next seven years, hopefully longer, and I just want to thank John Henry and the whole front office for this extension.

"I'm really excited about being here and winning some championships."

In his seven-plus major league seasons, Gonzalez boasts a .284 batting average with 169 homers and 532 RBI in 869 games.

Follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram for more news from
Related UPI Stories
share with facebook
share with twitter
Trending Stories