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Adrian Gonzalez is not long for San Diego

Oct 27, 2009, 8:25 AM EDT

I get a little annoyed when Yankees and Red Sox fans openly covet non-free agent players from other teams, acting as though it’s only a matter of time before they become the property of Boston or New York.  Of course sometimes there’s good reason for such thinking.  Here’s recently-fired Padres’ GM Kevin Towers on the latest object-of-desire, Adrian Gonzalez:

“They’re going to have a $40 million payroll for the foreseeable future, and there’s just no way they can devote half of that to one player.
It’s just a matter of when they decide to trade him.”

Towers, I presume, was party to enough substantive conversations before his dismissal that such comments are more than mere speculation.  Adrian Gonzalez, by the way, is only making $4.75 million next year and $5.5 million in 2011.  As such, he should bring the mother lode in any trade.

Given that the Padres’ new GM Jed Hoyer just left Boston, given he is intimately familiar with their system and given that the Red Sox desperately need a corner bat like Gonzalez’, one would think that the Red Sox would make the best trading partner.  Only problem: The Red Sox don’t have much in the way of MLB-ready level talent to burn.

That may be fine for the Padres considering Hoyer is apparently being told to keep payroll way, way down, but trading their best player for a bunch of talent that doesn’t project until 2012 or later may cause what’s left of the team’s fan base to revolt.

  1. Fecteau - Oct 27, 2009 at 11:03 AM

    A Gonzalez deserves to be on a top tier team. Most of his home runs (as I’ve had him on my fantasy team last year) seemed to be solo home runs. Just imagine him as an RBI machine batting behind Ellsbury, Pedroia, and V Mart..

  2. comeonman - Oct 27, 2009 at 12:01 PM


  3. Bigheader - Oct 27, 2009 at 12:55 PM

    Bait and switch. John Moores ripped the people of San Diego off. Built his stadium and condo projects, took the money and ran. Of course any city that votes for and pays for a stadium for a billionaire are a bunch of stupid people. So we deserve to take one in the shorts.

  4. t-gunn - Oct 27, 2009 at 1:36 PM

    To be honest, this is a pretty pointless article. Nothing else to write about? What source other than a just-fired GM do you have? He is the Padres best player, on a low payroll team, so of course he will be speculated as trade bait. He has been for years. What’s new?
    And I am no math wizard, but $4.75 million is not half of a $40mil payroll. There is no reason why the Pads can’t afford to keep him. Peavy was our star, but financially his trade made sense because he was close to a third of the payroll, but trading Adrian makes no sense. Unless of course the team wants to lose all the fans and fold into oblivion.

  5. Tomen8r - Oct 27, 2009 at 1:55 PM

    “The Red Sox don’t have much in the way of MLB-ready level talent to burn.”
    Huh? Buccholz, Bowden and Bard, all making MLB appearances this year aren’t MLB-ready talent? And that is just the tip of the iceberg farm.
    And don’t forget players like Papelbon, Del Carmen and Lowrie, players the Sox will be eager to trade for Gonzo.
    Other than that, your article was Pulitzer-worthy.

  6. jon - Oct 27, 2009 at 2:18 PM

    I don’t understand why people say that a player “deserves” to be on top tier team. They may deserve to be rewarded with a good contract but I think the team is irreleavant.

  7. Micheil - Oct 27, 2009 at 2:18 PM

    First off, the Red Sox probably would attempt to make a package that doesn’t include Buccholz. The Padres have no interest or need for older relief pitchers when they are trying to rebuild with young talent they would be able to pay the minimum to for three years; and Papelbon particularly would get very expensive salary-wise fairly quickly. Bard and Bowden are mere pieces of a deal, and not centerpieces (though if the Red Sox are hot to trade Papelbon, it would behoove them to hold onto Bard). Lars Anderson was particularly disappointing this year, making me think that if the Red Sox want Gonzalez, they would either have to move Buccholz, or trade almost every promising piece in their system. I don’t think either of the options are prudent.

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