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Padres CEO says long-term deal for Adrian Gonzalez "doesn't appear to be practical from a financial standpoint"

Oct 8, 2010, 11:46 AM EDT

Padres chief executive officer Jeff Moorad told Tim Sullivan of the San Diego Union Tribune that next season’s payroll will likely be in the $40 million range again.
And when asked about Adrian Gonzalez’s short-term status he replied: “At this point, I expect him to be on our roster next season.”
However, the CEO wasn’t nearly as optimistic about keeping Gonzalez in San Diego beyond next year, saying:

I think [general manager] Jed [Hoyer]‘s committed to sit down with [agent] John Boggs at some point and I’m sure we’ll get a feel about Adrian’s view of the future. Beyond that, our position hasn’t changed. While we’d still love to have Adrian here long term, it doesn’t appear to be practical from a financial standpoint. So I’m certainly not counting on that. But we’ll engage and see if there’s a deal that can be made.

Gonzalez’s contract is inexpensive enough that the Padres were in no way motivated to trade him prior to this season and obviously being in contention kept them from pursuing a midseason deal. However, with just one year remaining on his deal and Moorad repeatedly saying that they don’t have the resources to sign him long term it sure seems like trading Gonzalez is suddenly much more likely.
If they truly don’t think keeping him is at all realistic, then the Padres are choosing between one more season of Gonzalez and a pair of compensatory draft picks when he leaves as a free agent or whatever haul they can get for one of baseball’s elite hitters in a trade. It’s tough to deal the best player on a team that just finished one game out of the playoffs, but tough doesn’t always equal wrong.

  1. Utley's hair - Oct 8, 2010 at 12:10 PM

    Ouch. Craig and Aaron tag teaming on the Friars’ flock. Damn. Just when birdmancometh was starting to lose some of the bitterness.

  2. Woe is Mets - Oct 8, 2010 at 12:22 PM

    just ask the Rockies if they wouldn’t have minded not having Helton hang around those extra 3-4 seasons at an exorbitant price.
    players get old. it doesn’t matter as much to the BoSox or Yankees, who can pay a guy $13M to sit on the bench all day. not the same story in the NL West.

  3. Ted - Oct 8, 2010 at 12:25 PM

    Gonzalez is basically the only backup plan for the Cardinals, so I really hope you doesn’t sign an extension.

  4. birdmancometh - Oct 8, 2010 at 12:52 PM

    Seriously. The sun was starting to look a little brighter and the birds were starting to sing a little bit sweeter. Then a Burrell/Gonzalez jab/hook combo from Craig and down goes my sports will once again. I am going to start hoping for Braves wins just like a child of an abusive father prays for a good day at work.

  5. Ari Collins - Oct 8, 2010 at 2:45 PM

    Haha, great line.

  6. Ari Collins - Oct 8, 2010 at 2:47 PM

    I know that Adrian-to-Boston rumors are the kind of story that just won’t die, in this case due mostly to the Boston media and fans really really really really wanting him, but: could he be a backup plan if Beltre bolts?

  7. Ari Collins - Oct 8, 2010 at 2:50 PM

    Granted, we don’t know the future, but do you really think that Gonzalez won’t earn whatever he gets? The guy is 28. Helton is like 38.

  8. Utley's hair - Oct 8, 2010 at 2:52 PM

    You’d better add the Twins to that, since Aaron loves him some Twinkies–and apparently doughnuts, based on his post the other day.

  9. Utley's hair - Oct 8, 2010 at 2:54 PM

    Oh come on!! Adrians at the corners on one team? Adrian cap now!!!!

  10. Ari Collins - Oct 8, 2010 at 2:58 PM

    You misunderstood what I was saying, but you were funny in doing so. So I will be magnanimous.

    It was confusing in Boston for sure when we had two Mannys. Now we have none. C’est la vie.

  11. Utley's hair - Oct 8, 2010 at 3:21 PM

    I think the Phightins need to bring one here and add Rocco Baldelli to the bench or coaching staff or something. That way we’ll have Rocco and Adrian.

  12. Jasonb - Oct 8, 2010 at 3:34 PM

    If the Padres trade Adrian they better get a major league ready hitter or 2 for him or else their crappy offense from 2010 will be a lot worse in 2011. If they want to bring a winning spirit to San Diego and get more fans in the stands they need to show proper commitment to the team and winning.

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