Red Sox make trade for Padres slugger Gonzalez

Adrian Gonzalez put on a Red Sox jersey for the first time and immediately said what the Fenway faithful wanted to hear.


"I'm very excited to be in Boston and ready to beat the Yanks," he pronounced Monday.

The Red Sox completed their deal for the All-Star first baseman, acquiring the slugger from the San Diego Padres for three prospects and a player to be named. Boston sent minor league right-hander Casey Kelly , first baseman Anthony Rizzo and outfielder Reymond Fuentes to San Diego.

Gonzalez is entering the last year of his contract in 2011 and is due $6.3 million next year. Though the trade does not include a contract extension, Red Sox general manager Theo Epstein said he's "confident" a contract will be worked out.

ORIOLES: Baltimore acquired strikeout-prone slugger Mark Reynolds from the Arizona Diamondbacks for right-handed relievers David Hernandez and Kam Mickolio .

The Diamondbacks moved quickly to fill the hole at third base that Reynolds left, agreeing to a $2 million, one-year contract with free agent Melvin Mora .

PADRES: Right-hander Aaron Harang and San Diego have finalized a $4 million, one-year contract.

BREWERS: Milwaukee boosted its rotation by reaching a deal to get right-hander Shaun Marcum from the Toronto Blue Jays for infield prospect Brett Lawrie .

Marcum went 13-8 with a 3.64 ERA last season, a year after missing the 2009 season after Tommy John surgery.

YANKEES: The team turned its attention to pitcher Cliff Lee as the winter meetings began, with general manager Brian Cashman meeting with Lee's agent.



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