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Posted on: December 4, 2010 10:13 am
Edited on: December 4, 2010 1:00 pm
 

Reports: Gonzalez shipping up to Boston

Adrian Gonzalez The Red Sox have indeed agreed to a deal to bring Adrian Gonzalez to Boston pending a physical, multiple outlets are reporting.

Several sources indicate the Padres and Red Sox have agreed to a deal that would send the first baseman to Boston, while the North County Times ' Dan Hayes reports no major-league players will be headed to San Diego. However, because Gonzalez is negotiating a contract extension, the Padres may receive a better group of prospects in return.

FOXSports.com notes Red Sox top prospect, right-hander Casey Kelly, is likely in the deal, while shortstop Jose Iglesias and first baseman Anthony Rizzo would be the two other possibilities.

If Boston does land Gonzalez, Kevin Youkilis would move to third base. Last month he told CBSSports.com he was preparing during the offseason to play third base this season.

The Red Sox may not be done adding players, either. The team is still wooing outfielders Carl Crawford and Jayson Werth.

UPDATE: Gordon Edes of ESPNBoston.com tweets that Padres will receive Kelly, Rizzo and outfielder Reymond Fuentes in exchange for Gonzalez.

UPDATE: On Twitter , Kelly reacts thusly:

Just waking up beautiful day in sarasota about to get some breakfast. Can't worry about things that are out of your control

UPDATE: Ken Rosenthal tweets that the Red Sox will also send a player to be named to the Padres. That could be a minor prospect of their choosing, or it could be a draft pick from the 2010 draft.

UPDATE: The Boston Globe reports Gonzalez has been at Massachusetts General Hospital this morning undergoing his physical and MRIs on his shoulder.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Posted on: December 3, 2010 7:15 pm
Edited on: December 3, 2010 9:23 pm
 

Red Sox pursue Padres' Gonzalez

Adrian Gonzalez
The Red Sox are making a bid for some players who will cost big money, but they also apparently have interest in a big acquisition that would be paid in players.

An ESPNBoston.com report says Boston general manager Theo Epstein has been talking with Padres counterpart (and former Epstein assistant) Jed Hoyer about a deal that would bring big-hitting first baseman Adrian Gonzalez to the Red Sox. Gonzalez, who batted .298/.393/.511 with 31 homers and 101 RBI last season, will be a free agent after next season, and he'll be well out of the Padres' price range. San Diego had the second-smallest payroll in the majors last season.

Moving Gonzalez is a tough decision for the Padres. He's far and away their best offensive player (while he had 101 RBI last season, no other Padre had more than 58), he's popular and he's affordable for next season ($5.5 million). And the Padres, who missed the playoffs by one game after their offense couldn't score enough to support their stellar pitching, won't be able to come near replacing his offense at the same price.

Still, that's how small-payroll teams compete: Make great, cheap acquisitions, then make great trade decisions when moving them prior to free agency. And the Padres seem uniquely positioned to judge this trade, given that Hoyer, assistant GM Jason McLeod, and Josh Byrnes, hired Friday as San Diego's vice president of baseball operations, all worked for the Red Sox and know their prospects well. You wouldn't figure they'll get fleeced, nor will they make a deal that doesn't bring enough back. (Here is a Baseball America 's analysis of Boston's top prospects.)

Perhaps the best part of this deal from Boston's perpective would be that they would add an elite offensive player with virtually no effect on their pursuit of big-hitting free agents Jayson Werth and Carl Crawford. Imagine how scary Boston's lineup would look with all three.

Interestingly, this news came out hours after the Red Sox met with Scott Boras about free-agent third baseman Adrian Beltre. If Boston loses Beltre, the plan would be to move Kevin Youkilis to third, freeing up first base. The pursuit of Gonzalez could signal that the Red Sox are planning for life after Beltre.

-- David Andriesen

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Posted on: November 22, 2010 2:06 pm
Edited on: November 22, 2010 2:15 pm
 

One MVP vote, deconstructed


Joey Votto It seems we have better ways of measuring value than we have of defining it when it comes to baseball nowadays.

There are, of course, WAR (wins above replacement) and RAR (runs above replacement) and WPA (win probability added) and a ton of others that are out there or even in development now. Of course, even if you pick one you like, such as WAR, there are different formulas; the two great statistical websites of the day, FanGraphs.com and Baseball-Reference.com, differ on how they calculate WAR.

And in the end, what does it mean? What defines value? Does a player have to not only help his team win, but do you put more emphasis on those players whose teams ultimately win more? And how much of that is due to that player or his teammates?

Is the MVP vote for the best player or the most outstanding or the most valuable?

I'd always wondered these things, and now I actually had to come up with an answers, as I voted for the MVP for the first time this year. I'd voted previously for the Cy Young, but not the MVP.

The actual ballot -- which was e-mailed to me -- has these rules, the same that were written on the first ballot in 1931:

1. Actual value of a player to his team, that is, strength of offense and defense.
2. Number of games played.
3. General character, disposition, loyalty and effort.
4. Former winners are eligible.
5. Members of the committee may vote for more than one member of a team.

That doesn't help all that much, it leaves it open to interpretation and debate, which makes it quite fun.

It's also noted on my ballot that all players are eligible for MVP, including pitchers and designated hitters. Voting for the National League, I don't have to worry about the DH, but not that offense and defense are noted on the ballot rules.

The only statistic mentioned on the MVP ballot is games played, and that hurts a starting pitcher.  

There are those who see the Cy Young as a pitcher's award and the MVP as a position player's award. I'm not one of those. But I do find it difficult to put a starter in the same category. As you'll see in my ballot, I do have two starting pitchers in my Top 10. Both had outstanding seasons and were among the most valuable players in the league, though I'm not sure they had the same value as an everyday player.

In the end, I'm not sure there's a right answer. That's why 31 other people vote and we try to come up with a consensus, not just on an MVP but also on what the MVP means.

Albert Pujols In researching my vote, I made a spreadsheet with more than 30 players, and categories including WAR (both FanGraphs and Baseball-Reference), OPS, OPS+, HR, UZR, games played, ERA, WHIP, xFIP and others. There were more I could use and in the end, I'm not sure any of these made the difference, I just liked seeing them all in front of me. I also did further research on a final list of 20, before whittling it down to about 12 and ranking them. I also talked to players, managers, coaches, scouts and other writers.

You might not agree with my ballot, but I hope you do realize I take this very seriously and put a lot of thought and work into it. With that said, here are the 10 players I turned into the BBWAA on my ballot and a little reasoning.  

1. Joey Votto, Cincinnati -- Votto had an outstanding season offensively and has continued to improve defensively. He also helped lead his team to the playoffs for the first time in 15 years, no small feat.

2. Albert Pujols, St. Louis -- Consistently the best player in the game. It says something that in what is somewhat of an "off" season for him, Pujols is still as good as anyone and a worthy candidate for winning the MVP. Votto edged Pujols in just about every stat besides home runs and RBI.

3. Adrian Gonzalez, San Diego -- Another first baseman with a great season. Gonzalez had much less around him than either Votto or Pujols, yet still put up great numbers and nearly led his team to the playoffs.

4. Troy Tulowitzki, Colorado -- Tulowitzki gets dinged a bit for games played, but when he did play, he was incredible. He's a great defensive player, and maybe one of the best all-around in the game.

5. Carlos Gonzalez, Colorado -- Gonzalez pushed at the triple crown, but his home/road splits were drastic -- just like his team, which was 52-29 at home and 31-50 on the road.

6. Roy Halladay, Philadelphia -- the unanimous selection for the Cy Young Award speaks for itself.

7. Matt Holliday, St. Louis -- Cardinals fans seemed to have something against the guy (well, maybe his huge contract), but he ended up with a spectacular season.

8. Adam Wainwright, St. Louis -- had a lower ERA than Halladay and his WHIP was just a tick higher.

9. Ryan Zimmerman, Washington -- like Tulowitzki, one of the best all-around players in the game. His defense gives him a boost in WAR, because he's that good.

10. Aubrey Huff, San Francisco -- Huff had a quiet great season -- until the playoffs. Remember, these votes were due before the playoffs, but he was very good even before the postseason began.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Posted on: November 12, 2010 11:32 am
Edited on: April 18, 2011 11:51 am
 

MLB Facts & Rumors National League MVP

The major baseball awards will be announced next week, and the staff at MLB Facts and Rumors is making our choices this week. Today, David, Evan and Trent name their National League Most Valuable Player selections. As with the BBWAA awards, a first-place vote is worth 14 points, second place nine, third place eight and so forth, with 10th place getting one point.

Albert Pujols has won three MVPs, including the last two. Pujols led the league in home runs (42) and RBI (118) and picked up both he Silver Slugger and Gold Glove at first base, but he certainly has a challenger at the same position in his very own division in Cincinnati's Joey Votto, who led the league in on-base percentage (.424) and slugging (.600) (and therefore, OPS as well). He also led his team to the playoffs for the first time in 15 years.

There's also Carlos Gonzalez, who like Pujols and Votto, flirted with the Triple Crown, and ended up winning the batting title with a .336 average.

So, how did the Facts & Rumors team see the NL MVP race? Well, here you go.

NATIONAL LEAGUE MOST VALUABLE PLAYER

Joey Votto David Andriesen
1. Joey Votto, Reds
2. Albert Pujols, Cardinals
3. Troy Tulowitzki, Rockies
4. Matt Holliday, Cardinals
5. Adrian Gonzalez, Padres
6. Carlos Gonzalez, Rockies
7. Ryan Zimmerman, Nationals
8. Aubrey Huff, Giants
9. Ryan Braun, Brewers
10. Dan Uggla, Marlins

How crazy is it that Albert Pujols can lead the league in home runs and RBI, put up an OPS of 1.011, and be seen as having an “off” year? That’s how high the bar is for that guy. I’ll have no problem with it if he wins his third consecutive MVP, I just think Votto was a hair better. The guy led the league in on-base percentage AND slugging percentage. And you can’t say his number are a product of the hitter-friendly ballpark in Cincinnati, because he hit 52 points better on the road than at home.

Evan Brunell
1. Joey Votto, Reds
2. Albert Pujols, Cardinals
3. Adrian Gonzalez, Padres
4. Carlos Gonzalez, Rockies
5. Brian McCann, Braves
6. Troy Tulowitzki, Rockies
7. Matt Holliday, Cardinals
8. Dan Uggla, Marlins
9. Ryan Zimmerman, Nationals
10. Andres Torres, Giants

Votto was transcendent, cracking the .400 OBP and .600 slugging percentage barrier and somehow outperforming Albert Pujols in virtually every category. The aborted chase for the Triple Crown was also fun while it lasted.

C. Trent Rosecrans
I voted for the NL MVP and the BBWAA asks voters not to release their ballots before the voting is announced, so I won't reveal my ballot yet. I will, however, post it and some of my thinking on Nov. 22 after the award is announced.

MLB Facts and Rumors National League Most Valuable Player
And Joey Votto wins his first MVP, while Pujols is second, followed by another first baseman, San Diego's Adrian Gonzalez. In this poll (of two), Carlos Gonzalez finishes fifth, after teammate Troy Tulowitzki. The real results come out Nov. 22, but expect Votto to top Pujols again.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Posted on: November 4, 2010 8:00 pm
Edited on: November 4, 2010 8:27 pm
 

Pads expect Gonzalez to explore free agency

Adrian Gonzalez Padres general manager Jed Hoyer said he expects Adrian Gonzalez to begin 2011 in San Diego, but doesn't foresee an extension before next offseason.

Hoyer told MLB.com's Corey Brock (via Twitter ) that it's a "near-certainty" that Gonzalez wants to explore free agency. The team picked up his $6.2 million option earlier this week.

"My expectation is [Gonzalez] will be a Padre [to begin] in 2011," Hoyer told Brock.

However, Hoyer did say the team would listen to any offers for Gonzalez.

UPDATE: According to Dan Hayes of the North County Times (via Twitter ), Hoyer said the team is open to talks for closer Heath Bell. Hoyer said the team has two potential closers in Luke Gregerson and Mike Adams.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Posted on: November 2, 2010 2:15 pm
Edited on: November 2, 2010 2:48 pm
 

Pads pick up Gonzalez option

Adrian Gonzalez In one of the least shocking moves of the offseason thus far (all, say, 16 hours or so of it), the Padres have announced they've picked up the option on first baseman Adrian Gonzalez.

The Padres had a $5.8 million club option with no buyout for 2011, making Gonzalez one of the bigger bargains in baseball.

Gonzalez hit .298/.393/.511 with 31 home runs and 101 RBI last season and has won the Gold Glove each of the last two seasons.

Now, what will be more interesting is where Gonzalez will play in 2011 and beyond. Because of his contract and his steady production, Gonzalez, 28, will be a hot name in the hot stove trade rumors. The Padres are unlikely to be able to afford the San Diego native after this season and may look to get something in return for him via trade before losing him to free agency.

It was generally accepted the Padres would deal Gonzalez during the 2010 season, but then San Diego unexpectedly led the National League West for most of the season, necessitating the Padres to keep their star.

The Red Sox are expected to be the most interested suitor for Gonzalez. Other teams that could be interested include the Angels, Dodgers, Cubs and White Sox.

UPDATE: MLB.com's Corey Brock notes Gonzalez's option is worth $6.2 million with the incentives he's earned.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Posted on: October 31, 2010 5:57 pm
Edited on: November 1, 2010 12:08 pm
 

Adrian Gonzalez certain to depart Padres

Gonzalez The Padres harbor no illusions that Adrian Gonzalez will be playing in San Diego in 2012.

"While we’d still love to have Adrian here long-term, it doesn’t appear to be practical from a financial standpoint," club CEO Jeff Moorad told the San Diego Union-Tribune ’s Tim Sullivan. "So I’m certainly not counting on that."

San Diego will likely hold onto Gonzalez at least to start the season and attempt to contend and give clubs a chance to see that the first baseman has no ill effects from recent shoulder surgery.

Gonzalez is one of the best first basemen in the game and could even be better than Ryan Howard, Mark Teixeira, Joey Votto and yes, even Albert Pujols. Given the poor supporting cast surrounding him on offense and the fact he plays in an extreme pitcher's park, going .298/.393/.511 in 591 plate appearances with 31 home runs is impressive. (And never mind the fact he cranked 40 in 2009 and slashing .277/.407/.551.)

Gonzalez, 28, hasn't hidden the fact that he plans on making a significant amount of money and playing for a winner. While he has never once complained about the four-year, $15 million deal he is coming off of, Gonzalez isn't about to let his one chance at major dollars pass him by.

“What I’m going to be looking for,” agent John Boggs said Thursday, “is what I call franchise-player compensation. You can put whatever number you want on it. I think Adrian as an individual compares very favorably with those players.”

Those players include Howard, who signed a five-year, $125 million extension with the Phillies slated to begin in 2012 along with Teixeira who inked for eight years and $180 million. Gonzalez, for his part, has a chance to break the $200-million barrier.

If he doesn't get traded -- and it's hard to fathom GM Jed Hoyer letting Gonzalez walk for nothing -- he would join a sexy free-agent class in 2011 populated by Prince Fielder and Albert Pujols, giving baseball its own version of the free-agent bonanza the NBA had this offseason.

The Union-Tribune counts three favorites and two dark horses, not including the Yankees or Phillies because of Howard and Teixeira. (But note that the Yankees could just put Gonzalez, a strong fielder, at DH.)

The Red Sox, Angels and Giants are considered the favorites. The Red Sox have been after Gonzalez for a long time but may see their interest fade as prospect Anthony Rizzo continues to develop by leaps and bounds. (Again, however, the DH comes into play here.) They could also simply use Rizzo as trade bait if they land Gonzalez.

The Giants are in a similar position, with up-and-coming first baseman Brandon Belt turning heads. Like Boston, San Francisco could end up using Belt as trade bait, but especially with less finances to work with than Boston, it's more likely the Giants hang onto Belt and pass on Gonzalez.

The Angels, meanwhile, have Kendry Morales at first but he certainly isn't going to block L.A. from getting Gonzalez if they make a play. The ability to sign a Hispanic slugger would be huge in the market as well.

That's something the Dodgers, with their history of Fernando Valenzuela, know all too well. Gonzalez would be a major coup at the expense of some very upset Padres fans, so San Diego would do anything they could to ship Gonzalez to the Angels before turning to the Dodgers.

The other dark horse is the Cubs, although Chicago seems poised to sign free agent Adam Dunn to patrol first base. Gonzalez has also indicated in the past he would "be interested" in a contract tender from the Cubs. While no one's linked the White Sox to Gonzalez, don't be surprised to see them make a play with no future first baseman in town, using Gonzalez' note that his wife likes to shop in the Windy City to make a play.

In the next year, Gonzalez' future is going to be a hot topic. Only time will tell where he lands.

Just know it won't be San Diego.

-- Evan Brunell

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Posted on: October 19, 2010 11:15 pm
 

Padres' Gonzalez to undergo surgery

Adrian Gonzalez Padres first baseman Adrian Gonzalez will undergo right shoulder surgery on Wednesday, the San Diego Union-Tribune 's Don Norcross writes .

General manager Jed Hoyer described the operation as a labrum "clean up" and that Gonzalez had undergone two MRIs and consulted three doctors.

"He started the last 81 games of the season," Hoyer said. "He certainly wasn't debilitated. He played very well all season. [But] it was a matter of discomfort. It's something we want to get done before the beginning of next season."

Late in the season, Gonzalez said the shoulder had bothered him since May and he had to alter his swing, robbing him of some of his power. He finished with 31 home runs, but hit just four in his last 36 games.

Mets team physician Dr. David Altchek will perform the surgery.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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