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Adrian Gonzalez is as good as gone

Nov 5, 2010, 8:30 AM EDT

Adrian Gonzalez

We all looked kind of silly last winter assuming that Adrian Gonzalez was going to be traded. We never took into account the possibility that the Padres could, you know, win some ballgames. But win they did, and it took Gonzalez right out of the trade speculation pool before the weather got hot.  What’s more, the Padres success had some people thinking that maybe the club could find a way to keep the hometown hero in the fold after all.

Yeah, about that:

The agent for Adrian Gonzalez says it’s “pretty much a fait accompli” that the Padres slugger will test the free-agent market after the 2011 season . . . [Gonzalez’s agent] says he’ll seek market value for the three-time All-Star and doesn’t anticipate the Padres veering from their financial structure.

Maybe this all talk, though, and the Padres feel differently about the possibility of signing their stud. Jed Hoyer?

Hoyer says the type of contract Gonzalez will seek in free agency is something that only a handful of markets can support, “and San Diego is not one of them.” Hoyer says it doesn’t make sense to make an offer that doesn’t come close to what Gonzalez would want.

Well then.

If the agent says the guy is going to test the market and seek top dollar, and the GM says the team can’t afford him, doesn’t that put us right back into “the Padres are going to trade Adrian Gonzalez” territory?  And with him making an insanely low $5.5 million this year, wouldn’t it make him a highly sought after commodity?  If you’re in he market for a corner bat, how are you not banging down Jed Hoyer’s door right now?

And if you’re Jed Hoyer, can you really just decide to hold on and wait for the 2012 draft picks? Don’t you have to see if you can’t do better?

  1. Jason @ IIATMS - Nov 5, 2010 at 8:47 AM

    Can he pitch?

    The New York Yankees

    • Panda Claus - Nov 5, 2010 at 9:11 AM

      Can he play 1B and 3B simultaneously?

      The Baltimore Orioles

      • skipperxc - Nov 5, 2010 at 9:15 AM

        Can he not ruin the market for Prince?

        The Milwaukee Brewers

      • BC - Nov 5, 2010 at 9:21 AM

        Is he manager material?

        The New York Mets

      • Ari Collins - Nov 5, 2010 at 9:32 AM

        Is he a once-in-a-generation talent?


      • spaceescalator - Nov 5, 2010 at 10:02 AM

        Tell me more about this “Hot Corner”…

        Kevin Youkilis

      • mashoaf - Nov 5, 2010 at 12:33 PM

        Can he sign a huge contract and strike out a lot without putting up any numbers?


        The Seattle Mariners

      • Chris Fiorentino - Nov 5, 2010 at 12:58 PM

        We already ruined the market for Prince…and we added a little extra to damage it for King Albert as well.

        Ruben Amaro, Jr.

    • scapistron - Nov 5, 2010 at 10:17 AM

      Can he cure cancer?

      Chuck Norris

      • BC - Nov 5, 2010 at 10:35 AM

        Chuck Norris has cancer? I missed that one….

      • Jason @ IIATMS - Nov 5, 2010 at 10:59 AM

        Can BC comprehend the Chuck Norris joke?

        Chuck Norris

      • Ari Collins - Nov 5, 2010 at 11:06 AM

        Can Chuck Norris create a joke He can’t comprehend?

      • BC - Nov 5, 2010 at 11:24 AM

        No, I can’t.

      • BC - Nov 5, 2010 at 11:24 AM

        But I make a wonderful apple almond suffle.

  2. Old Gator - Nov 5, 2010 at 9:59 AM

    “That’s nice. Let us know if he needs minor shoulder surgery this offseason and maybe we can pick him up for peanuts.”

    Scrooge McLoria

  3. BC - Nov 5, 2010 at 10:36 AM

    Can he coach a football team?

    The Minnesota Vikings

  4. Ari Collins - Nov 5, 2010 at 10:55 AM

    Great comment thread? Or greatest comment thread?

    • Mark - Nov 5, 2010 at 11:23 AM

      This man speaks the Truthiness.

  5. brewcrewchamps - Nov 5, 2010 at 12:49 PM

    This thread is the best thing since the internet

    Al Gore

    • BC - Nov 5, 2010 at 1:58 PM

      You should know. You invented the Internet.

      Newt Gingrich

  6. JBerardi - Nov 5, 2010 at 8:54 PM

    Can he please just get traded already?


    • Ari Collins - Nov 5, 2010 at 10:35 PM

      ^^ this

  7. jasonwrites - Nov 6, 2010 at 11:30 AM

    Would the Padres trade within the division?

    The Colorado Rockies

    P.S. We are used to overpaying 1B on long-term contracts long after they begin declining.

    P.P.S. I am so happy I stumbled upon this thread. It IS one of the best ever.

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