Jed Hoyer apparently did not get the memo that his duty as the new general manager of the San Diego Padres is to trade Adrian Gonzalez to the Red Sox for Clay Buchholz and assorted prospects.
Globe colleague Amalie Benjamin spoke to Hoyer for an item in the Sunday baseball notes and asked him about the idea of trading Gonzalez. Here is what he had to say:
“There’s certainly been a lot of interest. A number of teams have inquired about him. I think we’re obviously willing to listen on anything, but he’s a great player, he fits our team, he fits our payroll structure very well.
“So he’s certainly not a player we’re looking to move. I think that’s been the way we’ve addressed it all winter. Teams have inquired, but we’ve certainly said the same thing over and over: He’s not a player we’re looking to move.”
This is not what Red Sox fans want to hear. But Gonzalez is signed for $4.75 million for 2010 and the Padres hold a $5.5 million option for 2011. As star players go, he’s a bargain. True, he’ll be hard to sign for 2012. But that is an issue Hoyer can deal with in July — or sometime next winter.
The Padres were 33-25 after Aug. 1 last season and in the junkyard NL West could become contenders quickly, especially with the Dodgers in disarray due to their ownership crisis.
So if you were counting on Gonzalez to become the cleanup hitter in the Red Sox lineup, be advised that it’s a long shot, at least for right now.
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