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Theo Epstein had him all the way

There was no way Red Sox GM was going to let Gonzalez get away

Updated: December 6, 2010, 6:14 PM ET
By Gordon Edes | ESPNBoston.com

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. -- This week the Boston Red Sox are mailing renewal notices to season-ticket holders.

How many of them would have been marked "Return to Sender" if the Sox had decided to call off their deal for Adrian Gonzalez on Sunday, the same day another prime Sox target, Jayson Werth, elected to sign a seven-year, $126 million deal with the Washington Nationals?

That much-advertised splash the Sox were seeking to make would have been instantly transformed into a belly ...

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