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Report: Red Sox close to acquiring Gonzalez

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Report: Red Sox close to acquiring Gonzalez

Dec. 4, 2010
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SANDIEGO (AP) All-Star slugger Adrian Gonzalez has flown to Boston to takea physical exam needed to complete a trade from the San Diego Padres tothe Red Sox, a person familiar with the situation told The AssociatedPress on Saturday.The person spoke on condition of anonymity because a trade hasn't been finalized.Gonzalez had surgery to clean up thelabrum in his non-throwing right shoulder on Oct. 20. The Padres saidthen that the three-time All-Star and two-time Gold Glove Award-winningfirst baseman was expected to be ready for spring training.The Padres, who have a long historyof dumping star players due to financial reasons, are expected toreceive prospects in the deal.Red Sox general manager Theo Epsteindid not respond to an e-mail seeking confirmation. Padres GM Jed Hoyerhasn't responded to requests for comment.Hoyer worked under Epstein inBoston's front office before he was hired as Padres GM following the2009 season. Additionally, Padres assistant GM Jason McLeod wasBoston's scouting director for seven years before returning to SanDiego last December.According to various reports, thePadres would receive pitcher Casey Kelly, first baseman Anthony Rizzoand outfielder Reymond Fuentes, plus a player to be determined inexchange for Gonzalez.The popular Gonzalez grew up in theSan Diego area and was the No. 1 overall pick by Florida in the 2000amateur draft. He was obtained in a trade with Texas before the 2006season and has blossomed into one of the game's best first basemen. Theleft-hander hit .298 with 31 homers and 101 RBIs last season.Boston was interested in Gonzalez last winter.While many had expected Gonzalez tobe traded before the deadline last summer, the Padres were surprisecontenders in the NL West and had to keep the slugger.The Padres went 90-72 despiteopening the season with a payroll of 37.8 million, second-lowest inthe majors. San Diego was in contention until the final day, when itsloss at San Francisco, coupled with Atlanta's win over Philadelphia,eliminated the Padres from the NL West and wild-card races.Hoyer has said for some time thatthe Padres wouldn't be able to afford the kind of big-money contractGonzalez would command if he hit the free-agent market.Hoyer also has said he anticipatedGonzalez being on the opening-day roster. But the allure of prospectsis probably too much to pass up for a team that anticipates a playerpayroll of approximately 40 million.The Padres recently exercisedGonzalez's 6.2 million option for 2011, the final year of ateam-friendly 15 million, five-year contract he signed in 2007.It wasn't clear whether the Red Sox had started talks with Gonzalez's agent regarding a contract extension.In five seasons with San Diego,Gonzalez has 161 homers - two shy of Nate Colbert's club record - and501 RBIs. Including parts of two seasons with Texas, he has 168 homersand 525 RBIs.He set a Padres record with his fourth 30-homer season. His third 100-RBI season tied Phil Nevin for the most in club history.The Padres already have lostright-hander Jon Garland, shortstop Miguel Tejada and catcher YorvitTorrealba to free agency, and won't re-sign outfielders Scott Hairstonand Tony Gwynn Jr. They also declined to pick up right-hander ChrisYoung's 8.5 million option.If the trade goes through, thePadres will have to find another first baseman, in addition to someoneto play second base and shortstop. Kyle Blanks, the heir apparent toGonzalez, had reconstructive surgery on his right elbow in late Julyand is expected to be sidelined until perhaps midseason.In a salary purge that lasted fromSeptember 1992 to July 1993, the Padres traded All-Stars Fred McGriff,Gary Sheffield and Tony Fernandez, and let Randy Myers and All-StarBenito Santiago leave via free agency. They also traded Craig Lefferts,Bruce Hurst, Greg Harris and Darrin Jackson.After being swept by the New YorkYankees in the 1998 World Series, they let Kevin Brown, Ken Caminitiand Steve Finley leave as free agents and traded Greg Vaughn.Less than two weeks after that WorldSeries ended, voters overwhelmingly approved Petco Park, which wassupposed to have provided the revenue to make the Padres consistentcontenders. San Diego won the NL West in 2005-06, but has won only onepostseason game since 1998.

Joerger shakes things up, Cauley-Stein responds with big game

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Joerger shakes things up, Cauley-Stein responds with big game

SACRAMENTO -- Faced with demotion, you have two options, sulk or come out swinging. Willie Cauley-Stein chose option two Friday evening at Golden 1 Center.

After starting all 14 games to begin the season, Cauley-Stein found himself relegated to the second unit against the Portland Trail Blazers. The 7-footer looked energized by the move and made one play after another as the Kings came away with the 86-82 victory.

“I felt free - period,” Cauley-Stein said following the win. “Both offensively, defensively. I’m quarterbacking on defense. I’m getting to make plays on offense. I just feel liberated. I feel like it’s unlocking.”

The third-year big began the 2017-18 campaign with back-to-back double-doubles, but hadn’t notched double-figures in rebounds since. Over his previous eight games, the Kings’ starting center was averaging just 4.3 boards per game.

Against Portland, Cauley-Stein played sparkling defense, hit 9-of-17 from the floor for a team-high 22 points and hit the glass for 10 boards. He skied above the Blazers bigs for a rebound with 3.4 seconds remaining and his second free throw attempt sealed the win for a Kings team in desperate need of a win.

“Willie’s a hell of a player, obviously,” veteran big Kosta Koufos said. “He’s really athletic, he’s a special talent.”

Koufos and Cauley-Stein made a devastating defensive duo for Sacramento. Both bigs showed on the high pick-and-roll and avoided fouling the Blazers high-powered guards.

“That’s a crazy defensive lineup right there, me and Kosta play really well together,” Cauley-Stein said. “I’ve been waiting for that lineup since we started.”

Damian Lillard scored 29 points, but he shot just 9-of-25 from the field and 5-for-14 from long range. C.J. McCollum knocked down 8-of-15 from the floor, but he missed all four of his 3-point attempts as Sacramento closed out and pressured the shooter all night long.

Cauley-Stein wasn’t the only starter to find himself on the bench to start the game. Dave Joerger turned to a dual point guard backcourt, using De’Aaron Fox and George Hill side-by-side, while bringing rookie Bogdan Bogdanovic in with the second unit.

Playing off the ball for long stretches, Hill responded to the move with 14 points and five assists in 27 minutes. Fox had a quiet offensive night, but his defense on both Lillard and McCollum was inspired.

“We can both attack and he’s a great shooter so that really helps me,” Fox said of Hill. “He’s a mentor on the court. It’s a lot easier to play with him then to watch him play.”

Sacramento held Portland to just 37 percent shooting overall and 28 percent from behind the arc. They pressured the Blazers in the backcourt and slowed the game to screeching halt.

With the win, the Kings snapped their three-game losing streak and improved to 4-11 on the season. They jumped a plane for Portland following the game where they’ll face the same Trail Blazer team Saturday in a rare back-to-back against the same team.

The Kings likely be without the services of shooting guard Buddy Hield, who left the game in the fourth quarter with a sprained right ankle. Hield limped into the locker room on crutches following the victory and the initial indications point to him missing the rematch.

A's hire Matt Williams as third base coach

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A's hire Matt Williams as third base coach

OAKLANDThe Oakland A’s named Matt Williams as third base coach on Bob Melvin’s coaching staff for the 2018 season, the club announced today.

Williams spent five seasons on the Arizona Diamondbacks coaching staff as first base coach (2010) and third base coach (2011-13, 16) and also managed the Washington Nationals for two seasons.  He was named National League Manager of the Year by the BBWAA in his first season as manager in 2014, guiding the Nationals to a 96-66 record and an NL East title.  He went 83-79 in 2015 for a 179-145 (.552) record in two seasons as manager.

Williams played 17 seasons in the majors with San Francisco (1987-96), Cleveland (1997) and Arizona (1998-2003).  He was a .268 career hitter with 378 home runs and 1218 RBI in 1866 games.  Williams was a five-time All-Star and won four Gold Gloves as a third baseman.

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