Links 3-3-2010: Play ball, Adrian Gonzalez’ next contract

Spring Training finally gets underway for Red Sox Nation, with Casey Kelly taking the hill right about against Northeastern University. Here is the full list of who pitches when, including relievers.

Much has been made of this article in the San Diego Union-Tribune today. Basically, the agent for Adrian Gonzalez cited Mark Teixeira’s mammoth $180M deal as the expectation for his next contract. As FanGraphs’ Dave Cameron points out, the comparison is apt enough, but the contract won’t measure up, primarily because the New York Yankees will not be in on the bidding. That’s precisely why the Sox (or some other acquiring team) will be able to re-sign him for much less, perhaps something in the neighborhood of 5 years and $100M. Just get ready for some fireworks starting August 1, Red Sox fans.


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