What team wouldn't want a first baseman that hit .298/.393/.511 with 31 homers and Gold Glove-worthy defense? One that knows it'll have to pay market price.
Padres CEO Jeff Moorad told the San Diego Union-Tribune 's Tim Sullivan that he doesn't think the team can afford Adrian Gonzalez past next season.
"While we'd still love to have Adrian here long-term, it doesn't appear to be practical from a financial standpoint," Gonzalez said. "So I'm certainly not counting on that. But we'll engage and see fi there's a deal that can be made."
The Padres hold a $5.8 million club option, one the team will certainly pick up.
"At this point, I expect him to be on our roster next season," Moorad said.
Gonzalez is a San Diego native, but may have priced himself out of his hometown team.
Moorad tells Sullivan the team, which reports its revenues were "relatively flat" in 2010, despite spending most of the seasoning first place of the NL West, will slightly increase its payroll for 2011. Moorad told Sullivan the team's total payroll in 2011 would start with a "4" meaning $40 million. San Diego's opening day payroll for 2010 was nearly $38 million, second-lowest in the majors ahead of Pittsburgh. They wouldn't move up in that ranking in 2011 no matter what numbers follow the "4." And without moving that to a "5," there's no way Gonzalez will have signed an extension.
Gonzalez has said if the Padres match any other offer, he'd stay in San Diego. That doesn't seem to be much of an option.
-- C. Trent Rosecrans
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