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There will be no hometown discount for Adrian Gonzalez

Feb 24, 2010, 4:21 PM EST

It’s long seemed obvious that Adrian Gonzalez won’t be signing a mutli-year extension with the Padres. The real question is how long into his current, very reasonable deal the Padres will keep him before putting him on the market. But in the unlikely event that the Padres do look to keep him around long term, they shouldn’t expect any bargains.

“This next contract is going to be the contract I think I deserve,” Gonzalez said today, while also confirming that there were no
current discussions between his agent and the team.  He added that he “wants to win as a Padre more than anything else” but that he has no sense of what his future holds.

While he may not be on quite the same level as Joe Mauer and Albert Pujols, he’s the unquestionable face of the Padres and the most important player on that team since Tony Gwynn retired.  In light of this I wish people would offer the same “I think it be best for the team if he stayed put . . .” disclaimers when discussing Gonzalez’s future that they do for Mauer and Pujols.

  1. ecp - Feb 24, 2010 at 4:43 PM

    I think it would be best for the team if he stayed put. He’s a local San Diego guy, just like Joe Mauer is a Twin Cities guy. And like Pujols is…well, he grew up sorta close to St. Louis, so good enough, I guess.
    Great. Now that I’ve said that, the reality of the story is you will hear all sorts of “experts” spout nonsense like “bad teams shouldn’t have good players,” which is always used for justification in torching certain moves made by second-division teams. And by Red Sox fans in their salivating desire to acquire Gonzalez – because, after all, what in heavens name does a crummy team like the Padres want or need with him? (sorry, Sox fans, it’s not personal, it’s just that it’s Gonzalez and he has been linked to them most closely) You will never hear that said in regards to Pujols or Mauer.
    No, I’m not a Padres fan, but I can sympathize with them; and crap like this makes me bitter.

  2. Jamie - Feb 24, 2010 at 5:12 PM

    I understand that they are broke and rebuilding at the moment, but everyone seems to be acting as though this should always be the case in SD. But this team isn’t the A’s. The Padres have a new stadium in a large market where every day is a good day to go see a ballgame. It’s not unreasonable for fans to expect them to be able to pay one good player, two years down the road.

  3. shyster reader - Feb 24, 2010 at 5:30 PM

    Can we just cryogenically freeze him until our prospects mature a bit? What are the contract implications then?

  4. okobojicat - Feb 24, 2010 at 5:36 PM

    The reason you don’t hear the talk about Mauer or Pujols getting traded is because their teams are competitive and don’t need to bring in a big haul of prospects. Last year, if the Twins had been an 75 win team, the Mauer sweepstakes would’ve been more fodder than anything close to the Santana or Halladay stories.
    And any person who says “bad teams shouldn’t have good players” is a complete idiot. How are bad teams supposed to get good? How are bad teams supposed to draw any fans in for when Chicago/LA/NY/BOS aren’t in town?
    Also, I don’t think Gonzalez should take a hometown discount. I don’t think Mauer is taking one either. Or if he is, its quite small or its in off-field benefits like tickets for family and whatnot. When all players evaluate free agency, they should do it three way: Where’s the money? Do I like the team/town? Can I win a championship? Depending on which is the most important they’ll find a good home….Unless they sign with the Royals.

  5. jwb - Feb 24, 2010 at 5:42 PM

    What kind of contractual arrangement do you suppose the Walt Disney Corp. has with Walt?

  6. Nasty Boy - Feb 24, 2010 at 6:02 PM

    If the Padres trade him they are nuts. With the large Hispanic population in San Diego , he’s a big draw.He is the kind of player you build around. The Redsucks will try to screw the Pads.with one or two of their so called prospects.Other than Hanley Ramirez , who has ever worked out for the other team. They always seem to screw someone. The Pads. need to keep Gonzalez.

  7. JMR - Feb 24, 2010 at 8:59 PM

    Just trade him to Boston now and be done with it!

  8. Gary - Feb 24, 2010 at 10:19 PM

    San Diego is not a baseball town.
    Nobody in SD cares about baseball.
    That’s why they have no money and can’t afford an Adrian Gonzalez.
    So he’ll be traded to a baseball town, what’s so wrong with that?
    And why is it anybody’s fault except San Diego?

  9. Mark K - Feb 25, 2010 at 6:36 AM

    San Diego is a baseball town, but you have to put a competitive/winning team on the field. This has not been the case the last few years. Hopefully at some point the Padres will be able to keep a player like AGon but not yet so he’s off to a big market team for a bunch of prospects. Too bad because he is a good role model/Hispanic which is important in SD.

  10. Den - Feb 25, 2010 at 7:48 AM

    Aplayer of his caliber deserves to be on the big stage and SD isn’t it. If he lands in Boston, good for him, he’s paid his dues.

  11. Marc - Feb 25, 2010 at 12:31 PM

    San Diego IS a baseball town. A very large number of players in the big leagues are from this area and the adult league here is HUGE. How many ML players are from NY… BOS… PHI…? We PLAY the game here, not just vicariously live out our dreams through millionaires who only care about making more money than they will ever need. As for the Padres, they’ve been as competitive as most NL teams, and won as many or more division titles in the last 15 years than most of the other teams in the NL – 4, and came close in others. That was when the payroll was in the $70M range. We got screwed because of a divorce, of all things…. Ain’t that the way it goes!
    Besides, one player making 1/4th of the available money will not win you championships. Just ask Texas Rangers fans…

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