Via Tim Sullivan, skip to the middle of the article for the good stuff:
Boggs said his preliminary discussion with Padres General Manager Jed Hoyer was so superficial that “you couldn’t characterize it as a negotiation.” Boggs said Hoyer inquired as to Gonzalez’s expectations; that Boggs cited the eight-year, $180 million deal of New York Yankees’ first baseman Mark Teixeira, and that that comment effectively ended Hoyer’s exploration.
Case closed right? Maybe not. Agent John Boggs goes on with an important follow up, buried at the bottom for some reason:
“You always shoot high and adjust to the marketplace,” John Boggs said. “Who knows what might happen? When Jeff (Moorad) was in Arizona, everyone thought the Diamondbacks had no money, and they signed (Troy) Glaus and Russ Ortiz.
Is Boggs taking a page out of the Scott Boras book by throwing out a crazy figure via the media to gain an upper hand in expectations? Or does Adrian Gonzalez actually expect 8 years and $180 million? Either way, it’s obvious what that means for the Padres’ chances of keeping Adrian, and it should have been obvious before.
If I were in charge, I’d accept an offer as soon as I think it is the best the team will get, whenever that may be. They need to plan on contending around 2012, and any hesitation playing to win now means sacrificing talent during that run, when the stakes are so much higher. That would be a mistake.
It’s been awhile since we’ve done a poll. Lets have some fun.
How much service time (not necessarily which example) would you would you want from a player at the top of a package for Gonzalez?
- Some service time (ex: Gordon Beckham) (52%, 17 Votes)
- Ready now (ex: Fernando Martinez) (33%, 11 Votes)
- 2+ Years away, (ex: Dustin Ackley, Casey Kelly) (15%, 5 Votes)
Total Voters: 33