Tag:San Diego Padres
Posted on: February 4, 2010 11:14 am

Update on Adrian Gonzalez

In regards to Adrian Gonzalez, Padres GM Jeff Moorad told the San Diego Union-Tribune , “I’m confident that (General Manager) Jed (Hoyer) and John Boggs will have a discussion at some point about Adrian and his future. While I’d be thrilled to have him part of the organization for the long term, the early signals indicate his cost will be greater than our ability to pay.”

Moorad says keeping Gonzalez is not a matter of means, but a question of priorities. “Availability of resources is not the issue,” he said. “How we choose to deploy our resources is where the focus is.”

However, Michael Silverman of the Boston Herald notes that Hoyer had a more positive spin on keeping Gonzalez.

"The team’s position with regard to Adrian has not changed at all,’’ said Hoyer in an e-mail. “We are excited to have him under contract for the next two seasons. He is a great player who fits our city, team, and payroll remarkably well. We have had, and will continue to have, dialogue with Adrian’s representatives about keeping him in San Diego longterm. It is still early in that process and attempting to draw conclusions in the middle of any negotiation is an inexact science.’’

Silverman suggests that Gonzalez would be a perfect fit -- a highly productive left-handed hitting slugger with good defensive skills in the power-challenged lineup.  Red Sox fans will be particularily interested Gonzalez's situation with many thinking the Padres will trade him by the July 31 deadline.

Posted on: January 15, 2010 11:05 am

Rockies -- arbitration update

According to Troy Renck of the Denver Post , Houston Street and Rafael Betancourt are two big-ticket payroll players headed to arbitration.  Street will be in the $7 million range and Betancourt will get less than $5.

On the free-agent market, Yorvit Torrealba continues to attract interest. The Giants, Padres, Rangers and Mariners have all called about the Rockies' former starting catcher.
Posted on: January 11, 2010 11:23 am

Cubs considering Bell

The Chicago Tribune has sources who have said the Cubs are once again considering Padres closer Heath Bell.

Adding Bell would strengthen the bullpen but the main problem is that adding Bell would create a logjam with Carlos Marmol.

Posted on: December 18, 2009 12:21 pm

Padres looking at Crisp

Steve Comte, the agent for Coco Crisp told MLB.com that he has had discussions with the Padres about the switch-hitter.  Crisp would fill the Padres' most pressing need of the offseason, a right-handed-hitting center fielder.
Comte noted Crisp could make a decision on where he'll play in the coming days.

The teams believed to be interested in Crisp are the Chicago White Sox, Oakland A's and Chicago Cubs. Comte said he's been very forthcoming with Crisp's post-surgery status, providing medical reports to everyone.

Posted on: December 14, 2009 2:52 pm

Talks on Gonzalez stalled

A source told the Boston Globe that discussions between the Red Sox and Padres concerning 1B Adrian Gonzalez appear to be at a standstill.

Padres GM Jed Hoyer wants Clay Buchholz and prospect Casey Kelly or Ryan Westmoreland but the Red Sox won't include Kelly or Westermoreland.

The report also suggests that Padres manager Bud Black thinks Gonzalez will be a Padre for the start of the season and that the team has had discussions on all the rumors.

Posted on: December 9, 2009 11:46 am

Latest buzz on the Orioles

The rumors continue to swirl about the Orioles  holding trade talks with the Texas Rangers about right-hander Kevin Millwood.  However Peter Schmuck of the Baltimore Sun says other teams are coming to the Orioles with options including Atlanta Braves' Derek Lowe and the Phillies' Joe Blanton

Schmuck has also learned that Orioles officials are getting more confident that they can complete a deal for Millwood involving reliever Chris Ray .

In addition, Schmuck seems to think the Orioles aren't in a hurry to trade Felix Pie even though he continues to draw interest from other clubs.

The San Diego Union Tribune reports the Orioles were one of eight teams to contact the Padres about 3B Kevin Kouzmanoff.
Posted on: December 8, 2009 12:40 pm

Update on the Padres

Padres owner Jeff Moorad  told the San Diego Union Tribune that said any moves the Padres make now “will be baseball decisions and not financial decisions.”

Moorad said the Padres payroll is budgeted at $40 million.

Padres GM Jed Hoyer, also has two off-the-field key positions to fill — scouting director and minor league director.

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Posted on: November 23, 2009 10:21 am

Status of Adrian Gonzalez

The San Diego Union-Tribune reports Padres GM Jed Hoyer and the agent for Adrian Gonzalez met to discuss the first baseman.

"It was a good meeting," said John Boggs, Gonzalez's agent. "We all know we have a unique situation that won't be resolved quickly. The way we look at it, Adrian is a Padre the next two years unless we're told otherwise."  According to the report, Gonzalez's contract status was not discussed.

Gonzalez is scheduled to become a free agent after the 2011 season, leaving the Padres with three options. 1. Let him play then walk as a free agent, 2. re-negotiate a long-term deal or 3. trade him for prospects. 

Currently, three teams — Boston, Seattle and the Los Angeles Dodgers — are known to have interest in Gonzalez. Hoyer denied trade rumors linking Gonzalez to the Chicago White Sox and New York Mets.
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