The Adrian Gonzalez Rumor
So, Jon Paul Morosi wrote up this morning that the M’s are trying to get Adrian Gonzalez from the Padres again. It made for a nice morale boost after a four day stretch that saw the team add no one while losing out on Rich Harden. Here’s the problem – it’s just really, really unlikely.
Like with Felix here, Gonzalez is a player that everyone in baseball covets – an all-star with two years of bargain salaries before he hits free agency. Like with Felix here, the Padres don’t want to trade him, even if other teams are coveting his abilities. Gonzalez is not just the Padres best player, he’s their only player. New ownership is loathe to get rid of the only guy on the roster that fans want to see play just a few months after shipping Jake Peavy out of town. It’s one thing to lose a lot of games – it’s another to have the fan base just give up on the organization.
They’ll trade Gonzalez eventually, but from everything I can gather, it’s not going to be this winter. That’s why you didn’t hear any Gonzalez rumors at the winter meetings. Everyone just knows that SD wants to keep him, so they didn’t bother trying to make something happen.
It’s a nice dream, but Boston fans are having the same dream about Felix. We’re about as likely to deal our ace as they are to deal their first baseman.