I was beginning to think that nobody wanted Adrian.
The Red Sox are making some headway in negotiations with the Padres. It appears that they will not be offering Major League talent. Instead the Padres are expected to get at least three top prospects and maybe a couple less talented minor leaguers.
They almost certainly would seek pitcher Casey Kelly and first baseman Anthony Rizzo in any deal, with outfielder Ryan Kalish, shortstop Jose Iglesias, outfielder Josh Riddick, 19-year-old outfielder Reymond Fuentes, pitcher Stolmy Pimentel, and catcher Ryan Lavarnway also potential targets.
Also ESPN again assumes that Adrian cares about playing for his hometown, that he draws attendance from across the border and that because of this the deal might not happen, none of which is true.
The trade, however, will not be an easy one for the Padres to make. Gonzalez is the team's most popular player, with great crossover appeal to the team's Mexican-American market, a native son who carried the Padres to within a game of a playoff spot last season.
Adrian Gonzalez knows the Padres can't afford him, he has already said he will not take a San Diego discount and I'm sure he's tired of Petco Park ruining his offensive stats. He'd love to play in Boston.