First baseman Adrian Gonzalez is at the top of most Red Sox fans' holiday wish lists. But despite the Boston brass attempting to open up a corner infield spot with the seemingly imminent trade of Mike Lowell, reports suggest that talks with the Padres about Gonzalez “are going nowhere.”
The Boston Globe's Nick Cafardo wrote Sunday that a major league source disclosed that the two sides remain far apart on what the Padres would get in exchange for the 27-year-old slugger.
New Padres general manager Jed Hoyer and assistant Jason McLeod, both of whom joined San Diego this fall after working under Theo Epstein in the Boston front office, have an understandably solid grasp of the Red Sox' minor league talent.
As such, for Gonzalez, the Padres are asking for starter Clay Buchholz and right-handed pitching prospect Casey Kelly or young outfielder Ryan Westmoreland. The Red Sox, though, are reportedly unwilling — at least at this point — to give up either Kelly or Westmoreland.
Despite the constant rumors, Padres manager Bud Black expects Gonzalez to be in his lineup on opening day.