Jon Heyman of SI.com has stated that the Boston Red Sox would be more inclined to sign Jayson Werth now that they have traded for Adrian Gonzalez. What a scary thought that would be.
Gonzalez was moved from the San Diego Padres to the Red Sox in a blockbuster deal yesterday, with the Padres giving up one of the premier hitters and defenders in all of baseball. Boston sent a group of prospects the other direction. How does Werth play into this?
With Gonzalez taking over at first base, Kevin Youkilis will likely slide to the other side of the diamond, leaving Adrian Beltre the odd man out as he searches for a big-time free agent contract. Without having to spend money on Beltre, they could attempt to sign Jayson Werth to balance out the order. The middle of the order would have Youkilis third (righty), Gonzalez (lefty), then Werth fifth (righty). As usual, the Red Sox have plenty to spend, so this is something to certainly keep an eye on.
UPDATE, 3:20 pm: The Gonzalez trade appears to have fallen through as the Red Sox and Gonzalez could not come to an agreement on a contract extension, although there is talk that the talks could resurrect down the road.