No, that’s not a Rocky quote, but rather a shout out to the Red Sox new 1b Adrian Gonzalez (maybe). According to multiple sources, the Red Sox and Padres have agreed to a trade and only Gonzalez’s physical (off-season shoulder surgery) and a contract extension stand in the way.

Buster Olney says that MLB has opened a window for negotiating the new deal which will likely be in the Mark Teixeira range.

Further proof the Red Sox read my stuff, getting Gonzalez will give the Red Sox a legit bopper in the middle of the line-up, but also introduce some energy to this organization. Oh yeah, Gonzalez is a multiple gold-glove 1b as well.

Of course nothing is final yet and the Red Sox are going to be giving up a bevy of talent. The Boston Globe’s Nick Cafardo is suggesting it could be Anthony Rizzo and Casey Kelly as the primary bait. According to, Kelly and Rizzo are the #1 and #3 top prospects respectively in the organization.

You have to give to get.