BOSTON — (AP) The Boston Red Sox have agreed to terms with first baseman Adrian Gonzalez on a new contract that will pay him $154 million over seven years from 2012 through 2018.

The team announced the deal at a news conference Friday afternoon. The terms were confirmed to The Associated Press by a person familiar with the deal, who spoke on the condition of anonymity ahead of the announcement.

The Red Sox acquired Gonzalez from the San Diego Padres in the offseason. The parameters of the deal were discussed at the time, but by waiting until after the season started the Red Sox saved luxury tax money.

“If you’re going to make this kind of commitment, I think you have to be very comfortable with not only the player but also the person,” general manager Theo Epstein said. “If you’re going to bet on one player, we’re very comfortable betting on Adrian Gonzalez.”

A three-time All-Star, Gonzalez is in his eighth season with a career batting average of .282 and 169 homers.

The agreement was first reported by Comcast Sports Net.


Gonzalez is making $6.3 million this season, the final year on the contract he had with the Padres. He could have become a free agent after this season.

But he wasn’t interested in that.

“I’m a person that really likes to just focus on winning,” he said. “When the focus isn’t on the team, from my personal standpoint, that’s not where I want to be. I want to be where ‘let’s forget about everything else and let’s just focus on winning and being part of the team.’ “

Gonzalez gets a $6 million signing bonus, salaries of $21 million a season from 2012-16 and $21.5 million in each of the final two years.

Winning has been tough so far for the Red Sox, who began the season as a popular favorite to win the World Series after signing Carl Crawford to a seven-year, $142 million as a free agent and acquiring Gonzalez for three prospects.

They were 2-9, the worst record in baseball, going into the start of a four-game series with the Toronto Blue Jays on Friday night.


“We are disappointed. It’s something that you never want to start this way,” Gonzalez said. “I know and am fully confident that come September, we’re going to be in the middle of a pennant race and in a position that we’re going to make the playoffs.”

Epstein praised Gonzalez for how well he’s fit in with his new team and the leadership he’s displayed during the poor start.

“I’m a very positive person,” Gonzalez said. “I just keep telling everybody, ‘Have fun, play your game and things will turn around.’ … One thing that we’ll always have is that talent-wise we’re going to be better than the other team, so just focus on that.”


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