Red Sox Nation hasn't heard much from the Adrian Gonzalez trade talks lately, but the Gonzo-to-the-Hub hearsay is making headlines once again.
Agent John Boggs told the San Diego Union-Tribune that the Padres simply don't have the money to keep him and that San Diego will likely be trading their stud first baseman.
“I don’t ever want to speak for ownership because I have no knowledge of what they have and what they don’t,” Boggs said. “(But) the feeling we’re getting is more than likely (the Padres) are going to have to trade Adrian Gonzalez because (they) can’t afford him.”
The 27-year-old Gonzalez hit .277 in 2009 to go with a career-high 40 homers and .958 OPS. He knocked in 119 RBIs in 2008 and has averaged 161 games per season over the last three years.
“I think the fairest description of our point of view is that we continue to be committed to doing what’s best for the long-term interest of the organization,” Padres CEO Jeff Moorad said Tuesday. “As a result, no player is untouchable. And while we’re mindful of players’ individual popularity, we won’t put one player ahead of the long-term interests of the club. 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.”