Every story you read about the Padres at the midpoint note the team isn't trading Adrian Gonzalez before the deadline now that San Diego finds itself leading the National League West, but Gonzalez's future with the team is all but assured.
Gonzalez is a free agent after the season -- the reason most expected him to be dealt before the deadline if the Padres had performed down to their expected level. A native of San Diego, Gonzalez has expressed his desire to remain with his hometown team, but for a team not known to spend a lot of money, the possibility of that is still unsure.
It would make sense that if the Padres wanted to keep Gonzalez in town, they'd make their best offer before other teams had a chance. But the North County Times ' Dan Hayes tweets the Padres have not had any talk with Gonzalez about an extension. Gonzalez said at the All-Star Game that he's hoping for an eight-year deal.
The problem could be that the Yankees have already signed Mark Teixeira to an eight-year, $180 million deal, taking one of the big spenders out of the running. Boston has Kevin Youkilis and David Ortiz as the first base/designated hitter combo and Kendry Morales looks to be a fixture in Anaheim, leaving most of the usual high-bidders out of the picture, which is what the Padres may be banking on happening.
-- C. Trent Rosecrans
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