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Adrian Gonzalez would take deferred money from San Diego

Mar 19, 2010, 9:28 AM EDT

Adrian Gonzalez headshot.jpgDan Hayes of the North County Times profiles the Adrian Gonzalez contract situation and lets drop that Gonzalez “would consider taking deferred money if the club
offered a ‘fair market offer.'” Howard Megdal at MLBTR suggests there’s some ambiguity there, asking “would San Diego merely have to reach this number, but some could be
deferred? Or would the Padres need to exceed this to make up for the
deferred money?”

For what it’s worth, my reading of it was that the contract number needs to be market, but some of that can be deferred, making it a cheaper deal for the Padres. This jibes with what has appeared to be Gonzalez’s position in favoring the Padres somewhat as opposed to signaling an intent to take the highest offer if and when he ever hits the market.

Not sure that helps. “Market” for Gonzalez probably starts at Teixeira money, and even if a bunch of that money is deferred it’s still more than I can imagine San Diego spending.

  1. Joey B - Mar 19, 2010 at 9:55 AM

    I think the concept of deferred money was more meaningful years ago when interest rates were double what they are today. The present value of money discounted at 7.5% is a heck of a lot lower than when you’re using 4.5%. In this cae, ‘Market’ trumps ‘deferral’, imho.

  2. paul p - Mar 19, 2010 at 10:08 AM

    Deferred money: isn’t that what the Padres had basically done when they agreed to a contract with Peavy? Then after a year or two of the contract (when it wasn’t so high), traded him? Doesn’t that mean that the Padres can not (through their own actions) afford a hefty contract? I would guess, Adrian’s value far exceeds the Padres ability to pay….My question to Adrian is if he wishes to stay here, accept the Padres top offer; otherwise, get ready to move on and enjoy alot more money….don’t be kidding yourself that the Padres ever intend to pay what you think you are worth, even if they sign a contract the backloads the money….

  3. Joey B - Mar 19, 2010 at 10:28 AM

    “”Market” for Gonzalez probably starts at Teixeira money,”
    Not really. Maybe not even close. The thing that gets missed almost every time by writers is that Tex got NYY money. NYY isn’t signing AG. The NYM have Davis, the LAD Loney, the LAA Morales, the Phillies have Howard. That leaves the RS, maybe, the Cubs maybe, SF?, and maybe Detroit if they want to park MCab at DH.
    No one is getting Yankee money unless the Yankees want the guy, and usually only if the RS are willing to bid it up. Even if the RS want him, they still only have to outbid the Cubs.
    He’ll get a lot closer to Holiday money than Tex money.

  4. BC - Mar 19, 2010 at 10:47 AM

    I’ll take some deferred money from San Diego.

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