Just before the start of the season, Gonzalez agreed to a team-friendly, four-year, 9.5 million contract, with a club option for 2011 of 5.5 million.
Given the chance to play regularly, Gonzalez blossomed into a quality major-league regular in 2006.
Stuck behind Mark Teixeira at first base in Texas, Gonzalez spent a good portion of the 2005 season with the Triple-A Oklahoma RedHawks, where he batted .338 with 18 home runs and 65 RBI in 84 game
Adrian Gonzalez was the first overall pick of the 2000 draft; he was selected by the Marlins and was the first infielder chosen No. 1 since Alex Rodriguez in 1993.
No one thought Jason Varitek would be back in Boston for another season, not even the Red Sox captain himself. But on Thursday, the Red Sox brought back Varitek as a backup catcher on a one-year, 2 million deal.