Padres lose proposed Gonzalez deal

Adrian Gonzalez is projected to have quite a year for the Boston Red Sox. AP Photo/Eric Risberg

After a year of rumors surrounding Adrian Gonzalez's eventual destination, it appears that Theo Epstein and the Red Sox finally landed their big catch, with sources reporting that Boston will add the superstar first baseman in return for three minor leaguers.

Gonzalez to Boston is an obvious fit, which is one of the reasons his arrival in Beantown would be one of the least surprising blockbusters in recent memory. Third baseman Adrian Beltre has been courted very heavily, and with the team retaining the ability to move Kevin Youkilis back across the hot corner, the Red Sox would be nuts to turn down Gonzalez at this price. Youkilis is merely adequate defensively at third, a downgrade from Beltre's sensational leatherwork, but he instantly gives Boston the best-hitting third baseman in baseball.