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Red Sox talks for Padres' Gonzalez "going nowhere"

Dec 13, 2009, 9:03 AM EDT

Adrian Gonzalez headshot.jpgNick Cafardo of the Boston Globe has been following the Adrian Gonzalez situation pretty closely this winter, but recent talks between the Red Sox and Padres are going nowhere. For now, that is.

At conflict is the players San Diego
will receive in return. New general manager Jed Hoyer has asked for
Clay Buchholz and either prospect outfielder Ryan Westmoreland or
right-hander Casey Kelly. As of now, the Red Sox aren’t receptive to
the asking price, but all things considered, it’s a pretty reasonable
return for two years of team control on Gonzalez.
They may be more inclined to bite the bullet and make a deal if Jason Bay leaves via free agency.

Expect some continued to-and-fro
over the course of the winter between the clubs, but the most
interesting note from Cafardo’s piece is a teammate of Gonzalez
indicating that Boston would be the first baseman’s preferred
destination should he be traded. The Mariners and Mets, among others,
are also rumored to have varying degrees of interest in the 27-year-old

  1. Russ D. - Dec 13, 2009 at 10:40 AM

    Jed Hoyer’s knowledge of the Boston farm system could work against Epstein. Either way, Theo has to find a way to get Gonzales for 2 reasons. 1. The obvious need for a power bat and 2. Theo needs to save face with his sinking fan base. His past Bromances with Drew, Renteria, Lugo, maybe Beltre has alienated the Red Sox Nation considerably.

  2. Steve - Dec 13, 2009 at 10:41 AM

    What about Bucholz, Lars Anderson, and two lower level prospects? Lars could be the replacement for Adrian at 1B for the Pads and Bucholz would immediately become the anchor of the pitching staff. The other two players could be good prospects, but no one in the top 5 or 10 in the system meaning players who will contribute not next year, but in 2011. Do you think the Pads will go for that? By trading Bucholz, the sox can than sign a couple of free agent starting pitchers for the upcoming year until next off-season when the free agent class will include top shelf SPs or go after Lackey to replace Bucholz.

  3. dale - Dec 13, 2009 at 12:30 PM

    If the Sox get Adrian Gonzalez they should put Casey Kotchman in the deal as well, Bucholz will have to be in the deal for the Pads to even consider it. If the Sox need to add kelly then they should have the Pads add heath bell.

  4. hop2171 - Dec 13, 2009 at 1:42 PM

    Typical redsuks, trying to get something for nothing. Sorry theo thats not going to happen here not to mention the redsuk farm system is OVERRATED big time!!

  5. Josh - Dec 13, 2009 at 2:07 PM

    Wow, hop being a classless Yankee fan. What else is new? If the Sox farm system is overrated, then what does that make the Yankmes[see how annoying and juvenile that looks?] system?
    Buchholz and Anderson/Kotchman and maybe a lower level prospect or two isn’t awful. I don’t know about including Westmoreland or Kelly.

  6. Dave G. - Dec 13, 2009 at 2:09 PM

    Not sure who you are reffering to. I haven’t heard of any MLB teams named redsuks. Now, if it’s the Red Sox farm system you are talking about, then Paps, Youk, Pedroia (RotY and MVP), Ellsbury and Lester are an awful production farm output ! Definitely overrated.
    Come back when you’re all grown up and know something, anything about baseball.

  7. AJ Gallo - Dec 13, 2009 at 4:30 PM

    As a diehard and lifelong Yankees fan, I’ve never, ever understood the need for any fan of any team to be insulting with stupid, childish names while offering an opinion. That being said, Epstein is going to have to stop trying to steal Gonzalez, or any player for that matter, in a trade. Yeah sure, there are a few stupid GM’s, but not many though because they wouldn’t keep their jobs for very long. And also, once it happens where a GM actually succeeds in being able to “rob” another team in a trade, then that GM had better enjoy his success because it’ll be a long time before he finds another GM in the league willing to trade with him. He’ll find the other GM’s in the league very, very reluctant to ever want to deal with that GM.

  8. Micka - Dec 13, 2009 at 10:12 PM

    If I am the Padres, I would insist on the RP Bard as well as SP Buchholz to go along with Westmoreland and Kelly. If you are going to ask mom and dad for a puppy, always ask for a kid brother first.

  9. faderoute12 - Dec 14, 2009 at 7:27 AM

    as long as bucholz is in the mix san diego will shuffle thier feet.
    bucholz is a flash in the pan player, because his no-hitter we
    think we have leverage.roger clemens took steroids STILL never pitched a no-hitter…..

  10. CommonNow - Dec 14, 2009 at 11:02 AM

    Without 3 big moves this off season the Bosox have no chance of winning the series. Two bats and a quality pitcher for when DiceK shuts down for his summer vacation. They don’t necessarily need a Halladay (not to mention that the owners would never pay the price for him.)
    Unfortunately for the Nation Theo appears to be playing with his little army men again. I don’t see any helpful moves coming this year. Perhaps he is saving up his $ for a better free agen pool in 2010-2011. My opinion – 3 years until the sox could have the full package to compete.
    The only way to send a message to the owners that also ran teams are not good enough is to break the sell out record. Else they are making so much money they don’t care if they win or lose…

  11. kevin stewart - Dec 14, 2009 at 11:21 AM

    Who is this guy is he the next Babe Ruth or what !!!! – Theo move on – don’t give up the house – he may be good player but !!!! I would like to see the RED SOCKS get Adam Laroche back – and Jason Bay will be back !!!!!

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