From the article:
There are signs that it will be sooner than later:
•Gonzalez was conspicuously absent from the brochure the Padres mailed to prospective season-ticket buyers at the end of the season.
•The club has not contacted John Boggs, Gonzalez's agent, to discuss what it might take to get the first baseman to commit to a long-term contract to remain in San Diego.
•And Moorad recently said there will not be any changes made to the dimensions of Petco Park, which is unfriendly to left-handed power hitters. Although Gonzalez can also drive the ball to left, he hit a major-league-leading 28 homers on the road this season compared with 12 at home.
If those things are true, then I wouldn't be surprised to see Gonzalez in a Red Sox uniform next year. The Sox are in desperate need of some more offense, and Hoyer's roots are in Boston. It wouldn't surprise me at all.