The Red Sox appear to be back in discussions with the Padres about superstar first baseman Adrian Gonzalez after Boston experienced a little hiccup in talks with the Indians involving Victor Martinez.
The Padres, who have said they would need to be overwhelmed to trade closer Heath Bell or especially Gonzalez, are at least engaged in discussions involving their two best active players. Gonzalez has a reasonable contract (his four-year, $9.5 million deal runs through 2010 and includes a club option for 2011) and impressive power numbers (28 homers), so he would cost a haul.
It is believed that Boston declined to include top pitching prospect Clay Buchholz in a deal for Martinez, who has a favorable club option for $7 million next year. Gonzalez has an even more favorable contract from the team standpoint.
San Diego is talking to a few teams about Bell, but the Marlins appear to be the favorite on that front.