According to multiple reports from Ken Rosenthal, the Cubs are among “the teams pursing a trade” for Adrian Gonzalez. According to Rosenthal’s sources, Boston is one of the other teams in talks with the Padres. Rosenthal reported the Angels, Rangers, Blue Jays, Orioles, Nationals and Rays are the other clubs with possible interest.
According to Rosenthal, a package from the Cubs could start with Andrew Cashner.
Updated – 8:32am C.T. – According to multiple reports Saturday morning, it appears Adrian Gonzalez has been traded to the Boston Red Sox. The two teams have agreed on the players that will be exchanged and Boston has been granted a window by MLB to negotiate an extension. The Cubs are also pursuing Carlos Pena and Lance Berkman to fill the void at first base.
Rosenthal explained both the Cubs and Red Sox have “coveted Gonzalez” and while Jed Hoyer is familiar with the Red Sox system, it is “thinner than it’s been in recent years and other teams might be in position to offer better talent.”
The Padres “have fielded offers from multiple teams” and “some teams are offering Major League ready players; others a combination.”
Jon Heyman tweeted Friday night that San Diego is “talking pretty seriously” with teams about Adrian Gonzalez and he thinks the Red Sox are the favorite to land the slugger … plus Heyman is hearing that Gonzalez is hoping he is traded to Boston. Heyman speculated it could have “something to do with their willing to win and to give him a Mark Teixiera deal.”
From Jon Heyman: “Gonalez had shoulder surgery following the season, but agent John Boggs said he is “well ahead of schedule.” Boggs also said, “I think he’s going to be ready for Opening Day. I don’t think there’s any doubt about that.”
One executive who is interested in Adrian Gonzalez told Ken Rosenthal he would not be surprised if they moved him before the winter meetings are over.
Stay Tuned …