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Looks like that whole "trade Adrian Gonzalez" thing is never gonna happen

Sep 9, 2010, 2:03 PM EDT

Before the season started, the expectation was that the big name on the market would be Adrian Gonzalez. That changed when the Padres starting winning, of course. Looks like the winning and attendant optimism has gone on so long now that there won’t be any trade at all, even next year, reports Jayson Stark:

“Even if they miss the playoffs now, coming off a year this successful,
it would be difficult for them to move him,” said one team official.
“They’re still scrapping and clawing, trying to get people back into
their park and build back their base. So it would be a precarious
decision to endanger that and trade him. I’d really be surprised if they
did that now.”

In my mind it’s not just the Padres winning that changes the original calculus. The leak of those small-revenue-team financial documents matters too.  Padres fans should not be nearly as credulous of the team crying poor now as they were last winter, and their expectation should be that the Padres can — if they desire to — sign Gonzalez to an extension.

At the very least, Padres fans and the media that covers the team should demand that the Padres lay real numbers on the table before they ship Gonzalez out the door or let him walk as a free agent after next year.

  1. skipperxc - Sep 9, 2010 at 2:26 PM

    At least that will help Milwaukee move Prince Fielder.

  2. birdmancometh - Sep 9, 2010 at 2:42 PM

    I honestly believe Adrian will take considerably less on the market to stay (75% comes to mind), but that still may not be enough. He’d get a 6 year – $120 mil deal somewhere, so the Pads would have to pay at least $15 mil a year…thats a third of the pay roll.

  3. JimmyY - Sep 9, 2010 at 3:17 PM

    One of your previous articles, maybe three weeks ago, gave a link to an interview with Jeff Moorad in the Orange County register and he mentioned the tv contract with Cox. On line chat with a beat writer stated they have the lowest paying contract due to the smallest market base in MLB and it expires 2011. Hopefully they’ll renew at a higher price putting a little more in their pockets, more to spend on payroll and find a way to extend AG a few more years, at least.

  4. GP - Sep 10, 2010 at 10:18 AM

    Don’t forget that this year’s payroll is largely a function of Moores having to sell the team due to his divorce. Let’s at least give Moorad a chance to get settled before we condemn him to the ranks of the non-spenders.
    They’ve never owned a team before so we really don’t know what they’re going to or are willing to do.

  5. GP - Sep 10, 2010 at 10:23 AM

    Hopefully they’ll get off that terrible cable deal and get in bed with Fox. I would think that would prove to be more money and I know it would make a TON of dissatisfied local cable subscribers happy. Currently, Padres games are only played on a local cable-only station essentially trapping fans into those services. With all the new options available to consumers in the TV viewing arena (satellite, fiber, etc), being locked in to a cable-only channel just doesn’t seem like a good business move on the surface.

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