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A day after the Padres completed their five-player trade that involved sending three-time All-Star first baseman Adrian Gonzalez to Boston, Padres general manager Jed Hoyer was finally able to move on and go about filling holes for 2011.
There are a lot of them, too.
The Padres need a first baseman, at least for one year, a second baseman, shortstop, a backup catcher and a starting pitcher.
The Padres have been linked to free agent Jorge Cantu, who can play first base and third base and could provide some right-handed power. Another option might be left-handed hitting Lyle Overbay, who is also a free agent.
Though PETCO Park doesn’t set up well for left-handed power hitters, Overbay is more of a doubles guy who could fit the ballpark. He’s also a plus-defender and the Padres certainly covet defense.
— Corey Brock, MLB.com
Before there was Adam Dunn, was there almost Adrian Gonzalez for the White Sox?
According to a Monday Tweet from USA Today’s Bob Nightengale, the White Sox were the runner-ups to Boston in the Gonzalez derby. He added how the White Sox offered second baseman Gordon Beckham and prospects but were turned down.
White Sox general manager Ken Williams wouldn’t talk about any trade rumor when speaking to the Chicago media on Monday. But he finished up his comment with an indirect indication as to how Gonzalez would be considered a White Sox target.
“All I can say is that it’s always been business as usual for us and we try to go after impact players every year,” Williams said. “But I’m not going to get into the particulars of those types of things.”
Beckham, 24, struggled through a miserable first of the 2010 campaign, hitting just .199 as late as June 23. But Beckham hit .310 the remainder of the season.
This bounce-back effort from Beckham earned an extra dose of respect from Williams moving into the 2011 season.
“I’m more so confident that he has now gone through some struggles that you go through as a big leaguer and he’s come through it on the other side,” said Williams of Beckham, who hit .252 in his sophomore season, with nine home runs and 49 RBIs. “It’s just unfortunate that he had the injury. He was having quite a second half. That Chicago tough that I talk about, he showed some a little bit of it in doing what he did.”
Multiple sources told MLB.com on Sunday that the Red Sox deal for Adrian Gonzalez, a the three-time All-Star, is essentially done. The Red Sox have scheduled a news conference Monday morning at Fenway Park where they are expected to formally announce the deal.
The trade remains the same as first reported Saturday. The Red Sox get Gonzalez for a package of three well-regarded Minor League prospects — right-handed pitcher Casey Kelly, first baseman Anthony Rizzo, outfielder Reymond Fuentes — and a player to be named.
In 2010, Gonzalez hit .298 with 31 homers and 101 RBIs, to go along with a .904 OPS. In 858 Major League games, Gonzalez is a .284 hitter with 168 homers and 525 RBIs. The lefty-swinging Gonzalez has a smooth opposite-field stroke, which makes him a perfect fit for Fenway.
The focus of the hot stove season shifted away
from Derek Jeter on Saturday, but not necessarily away from the Yankees.
Jeter and the Yankees finally came to terms — a move almost
universally expected — to the tune of a guaranteed three-year deal, worth $15
to $17 million per. The deal isn’t official until Jeter takes a physical, but the
hard part, the sometimes contentious negotiations, should be a thing of the
Left atop the free agent market are Cliff Lee and Carl
Crawford, and the former’s destination could be what determines the latter’s.
MLB.com’s Lyle Spencer wrote that the Angels are
actually pulling for the Yanks to land Lee: If Texas, the other perceived
contender in the Lee sweepstakes, is able to re-sign Lee, that means the Angels
could be up against not only the Red Sox, but the Yankees in a bidding war for
Crawford. If the Yankees sign Lee, however, New York likely would be
hard-pressed to get seriously involved with Crawford as well.
Boston on Saturday grabbed headlines too when it took a
giant step toward a revamped lineup.
Adrian Gonzalez, the Padres’ first baseman who is a free
agent after the 2011 season, was flown into Boston on Saturday and passed a
physical. The Padres and Red Sox have a trade in place that would bring
Gonzalez to the Sox, but that’s contingent on Gonzalez agreeing to a contract
extension. The reported deadline for the two sides to reach an agreement is 2
The Cardinals made noise late in the day by announcing the
signing of Lance Berkman. The one-year, $8 million deal brings the 34-year-old
back to the National League Central, where he thrived for so long with Houston.
Another NL Central club, the Reds, might have reason to be
concerned that their slugger — and the league’s MVP — might not want to be
around for long. Joey Votto, who’s arbitration eligible, said on Saturday that
he’s just not sure where he’ll be a few years down the road.
“When [Colorado’s Troy Tulowitzki] signed that 10-year
contract, I was blown away,” Votto told MLB.com’s Mark Sheldon. “I
can’t imagine seeing myself 10 years from now saying I want to be here. It’s an
overwhelming thing to ask a young person like myself and say, ‘Here’s a lot of
money. Be happy with this over 10 years, deal with it.'”
The Dodgers have had a busy start to the offseason, locking
up Ted Lilly, Jon Garland and Hiroki Kuroda. They added Rod Barajas to the mix
on Saturday, signing the catcher to a one-year, $3.25 million deal.
— Evan Drellich
Aside from trading for Marlins CF Cameron Maybin last month, it’s been a quiet winter for the Padres.
Well, aside from watching free agents Jon Garland, Miguel Tejada and Yorvit Torrealba sign elsewhere.
It looks like the Padres have reached a deal with right-handed pitcher Aaron Harang, who is a San Diego native and said Thursday that he would love to pitch at PETCO Park. I imagine it’s going to be a one-year deal, maybe with a mutual option.
Harang, effectively, would take the spot left by the departure of Garland.
So what’s next for the Padres? How about dealing first baseman Adrian Gonzalez? It could happen, as an online report Friday stated the Padres are talking to the Red Sox.
It’s a forgone conclusion that Gonzalez, a free agent after the season, won’t finish the 2011 season with the Padres. Until recently, it looked as though the team was prepared to take him into the regular season.
Perhaps that has changed. If so, the Padres, who won’t likely have a payroll exceeding more than $40 million or so, would be asking for a handful of prospects. The Red Sox have plenty and Padres GM Jed Hoyer — who used to be the assistant GM in Boston — knows the farm system well.
We figured to hear a lot about Cliff Lee, Carl Pavano and Carl Crawford at the Winter Meetings next week in Florida. Could we hear more about Gonzalez?
— Corey Brock, MLB.com
Consider the Padres decision on Tuesday to pick-up the option on Adrian Gonzalez’s 2011 contract the easiest decision they will ever make in regards to their All-Star first baseman.
The next decision — as in when and where to trade Gonzalez, who will be a free agent after 2011 — figures to be much tougher. But let’s save that for another day.
Gonzalez, as part of a contract he signed before the 2007 season, before he won the first of his two Gold Gloves and before he appeared in the first of three All-Star Games, called for him to make $5.5 million this season.
The deal was a good one at the time for Gonzalez and for the team. The deal was made by former general manager Kevin Towers, who last month was hired to do the same job in Arizona.
Anyway, Gonzalez’s option is now $6.2 after he reached incentives. It’s still a very, very good bargain and, perhaps, the best deal in the game considering his worth.
* The Dodgers placed late-inning lefty reliever George Sherrill on waivers recently, a baseball source told MLB.com’s Ken Gurnick. Sherrill, owed $4.5 million this season, posted a 1.70 ERA in 72 games last year, but has a 7.32 ERA in 34 appearances this season.
* The Padres may be in contention, and Adrian Gonzalez may be under contract for another season after this one, but the Red Sox still like him, and would still like to attain him, according to a report from WEEI.com.
* The Angels are not willing to trade outfield prospect Mike Trout, USA Today’s Bob Nightengale wrote on his Twitter account.
* Rice third baseman Anthony Rendon, expected by many to be a top pick in the upcoming First-Year Player Draft in June, suffered a fracture-dislocation of his right ankle while playing in a USA Baseball Collegiate Team exhibition against Korea on Wednesday night, writes MLB.com’s Jonathan Mayo. He will require surgery and will miss the rest of Team USA’s summer season.
— Alden Gonzalez