GONZALEZ SIGNS EXTENSION WITH BOSOX

It pays to be a slugging first basemen these days. Literally.

The Boston Red Sox and Adrian Gonzalez agreed on an extension today that goes seven years/$154 million, reports Sean Mcadame of csnne.com. This wasn’t a surprise, as it was widely expected that last December’s trade from San Diego to Boston would end up with a long-term commitment. The Red Sox sent three highly rated prospects out west in exchange for the 28-year old All-Star/Gold Glover.

The Gonzalez deal follows Mark Teixiera’s 8-year/$180 million signing from 2009 and precedes this  year’s free agent 1B class that includes Prince Fielder and Albert Pujols. Jon Paul Morosi of Fox Sports has some interesting thoughts on how things play out with Pujols here.

Highlights from today’s transaction page on MLB.com include Giants OF Andres Torres hitting the 15-day DL (retroactive to  Apr 10) and the Yankees placing P Phil Hughes on the 15-day DL with a tired arm. The Dodgers activated RHP Jon Garland and started him against the Cardinals while the Ranger placed RHP Colby Lewis on the temporary inactive list. Lewis is the first player to go on MLB’s new paternity leave list and can stay there for 24 to 72 hours. The Rangers called up LHP Michael Kirkman to fill Lewis’ spot.

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