Ryan Howard’s five-year, $125 million contact extension with the Phillies "bodes well" for Padres first baseman Adrian Gonzalez, John Boggs, Gonzalez’s agent, tells FanHouse.
Howard’s deal "validates the fact that [Gonzalez is] worth that kind of money or more," Boggs said.
Meanwhile, trade rumors continue to swirl around Gonzalez, with the Red Sox and Braves among the possible suitors, the San Diego Union-Tribune reports.
Gonzalez, who turns 28 next month and is 2 1/2 years younger than Howard, can become a free agent in November 2011, FanHouse notes. He’s guaranteed $4.75 million this year under a four-year, $9.5-million deal he signed in 2007. The Padres hold a $5.7 million option on him for 2011.
The Cardinals’ Albert Pujols and the Brewers’ Prince Fielder are other potential free agent first basemen after the 2011 season.
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