That deal is remarkably similar to the one Mark Teixeira inked to become a Yankee which was for eight years and $180 million. Boston felt they were on the verge of signing Tex two years ago for the deal that Gonzalez is requesting, only for the Yanks to jump in at the last minute.
Padres GM Jed Hoyer, who sent Gonzalez to Boston, was working for the Red Sox at the time and just admitted that it was like a "kick in the stomach" when Teixeira went to New York. That experience, Hoyer believes, influenced the trade for Gonzalez as the Boston Herald says.
The extension for Gonzalez likely will not be complete until spring training or perhaps even into the regular season as that has luxury tax implications. The Red Sox are holding firm to their six-year proposal. Compromise at seven years, anyone?
<b>UPDATE</b> : Wondering who the other teams were that were trying to get Gonzalez? ESPN Boston 's Gordon Edes says both Chicago teams were in the hunt. The Padres rejected the White Sox's offers, so Adam Dunn was signed. The Cubs were unable to pony up anything that matched Boston's players.
<b>UPDATE</b> : Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports says the contract extension will not go beyond seven years and $154 million, which is an annual salary of $22 million.
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