The Boston Red Sox have agreed to a deal in principle to acquire slugging first baseman Adrian Gonzalez, sources told ESPN The Magazine's Buster Olney on Saturday morning.
The Red Sox have received permission from Major League Baseball to negotiate with Gonzalez on a new contract, the sources said. The team already has flown in Gonzalez, who had surgery Oct. 20 on his right, non-throwing shoulder to clean up the labrum. Gonzalez's physical examination, one of the last hurdles to the deal, was in motion early Saturday afternoon, a source told ESPNBoston.com's Joe McDonald.
In exchange, the Padres would receive three prospects in pitcher Casey Kelly, first baseman Anthony Rizzo and outfielder Reymond Fuentes, according to a baseball source. The Padres would also receive a player to be named later, a source told ESPNBoston.com's Gordon Edes.
Sources told Olney it's very possible the Gonzalez deal would mean the end of Adrian Beltre's time with the Red Sox, because although Kevin Youkilis could move to left field, Boston's preference probably would be to shift Youkilis to third base.