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Gonzalez a bargain for Padres, so why would they want to trade him to the Sox?

Posted by Peter Abraham, Globe Staff  November 17, 2009 09:00 AM

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Here is what Adrian Gonzalez has left on his contract with the Padres:

2010: $4.75 million
2011: $5.6 million club option

Just curious, but isn't having a great player signed to a reasonable contract part of the solution for a team like San Diego? It's certainly understandable why the Red Sox would want a 27-year-old who had an OPS+ of 166 last season. But why would San Diego trade him?

If the Padres were to trade Gonzalez, they need to get the best prospects an organization has to offer. Clay Buchholz and assorted guys with upside aren't going to get it done. Also consider new Padres GM Jed Hoyer. His first trade can't be one that is seen as benefitting his former employers.

Speculating about a player like Gonzalez is what what the hot stove season is all about. But there are a lot of moving pieces there.

The one aspect that could shift this process is if Gonzalez tells Hoyer he wants out of town. But given that Gonzalez is a San Diego native, that seems unlikely.

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Expect news on the coaching staff soon. The Sox have interviewed Pawtucket manager Ron Johnson, Lowell manager Gary DiSarcina, minor league outfield/base-running coach Tom Goodwin and minor-league field coordinator Rob Leary for a spot on Terry Francona's staff.

One of the coaches on the staff now DeMarlo Hale, Tim Bogar or Gary Tuck will likely become the bench coach. How the rest of the staff shakes out will depend on what the new guy specializes in.

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