Moorad can see Gonzalez staying a Padre

March, 25, 2010
Nick Canepa, the veteran San Diego Union-Tribune columnist, isn't buying that Padres star first baseman Adrian Gonzalez will be traded, especially this season.

Canepa had a conversation with Padres CEO Jeff Moorad in the aftermath of Joe Mauer's signing with the Twins, a case of a hometown team going the extra mile to keep one of its own. The Padres are in a similar situation with Gonzalez, though Gonzalez is two seasons away from pending free agency.

“I was told not long ago that Minnesota’s market now is the 15th-largest [San Diego’s is 28th],” Moorad told Canepa. “We’re not going to make the mistake of likening our situation to other markets that are enjoying revenue spikes.”

But Moorad told Canepa that Gonzalez could remain a Padre.

“Yes,” he said. “At the end of the day, Jed [GM Jed Hoyer] will explain the possibilities with Adrian’s agent [John Boggs]. I’m certainly not going to say it’s over until and unless it is.”

The Padres have not discussed an extension with Boggs. “No,” Gonzalez said.

“There’s a big difference between Mauer and Adrian,” Moorad said. “Adrian has two years left on his contract, and that’s an important distinction in our business.

“It’s realistic to say we’re not going to have a player making $23 million a year. It’s hard to imagine for the same reason we don’t compete at the high-end of the free-agent market.”

Moorad said he easily could see Gonzalez finishing the season as a Padre.

“It wouldn’t surprise me to see him here two more seasons,” Moorad said. “We’re first and foremost committed to winning here. Last year I thought we took the first significant step in that process. And, at this point, Adrian definitely is a part of that process.”

Said Gonzalez: “I’ve got two years left. If it was next year and August was coming up, I’d be talking about re-signing here, but we’re still a year-and-a-half away from that.

“I think we’re going to be in contention. Pick a team in our division to win. I don’t think you can.”

Gordon Edes

ESPN Staff Writer



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