A Case for Adrian Gonzalez


It’s not hard to make a case for trading for Padres All-Star first baseman Adrian Gonzalez.  He’s capable of 40 homers, 100 walks, and a batting average over .260 every year.  In fact, I’d be surprised if he didn’t put up those numbers for the next 5-6 seasons.  He’s got power, discipline, and average defense according to UZR.  Oh, and he’s only 27.

But why should the Padres trade him?  Two words: Brandon Morrow.

Morrow is one of those tantalizing talents who seems like he’s about to make a huge improvement.  He hasn’t shown it consistently yet, but he has the ability to pitch near the level of guys Timmy Lincecum.  Heck, he’s already come four outs away from throwing a no-hitter.  And to a pitching-starved club like the Padres, Morrow looks like an ace.  Add in a nice reliever such as Sean White or Shawn Kelley (preferably the former) and Jose Lopez (that’s how we’ll get rid of him), you’ve got an interesting proposal.

Get it done, Z.

(In other news, Kevin Correia is now available via trade.  Things are going to get interesting.)

Tags: Adrian Gonzalez Brandon Morrow Kevin Correia Mariners Padres Sean White Shawn Kelley Tim Lincecum

  • http://sodomojo.com Griffin Cooper

    Gotta add Lopez for them to even consider it.

  • Chad

    This statement may seem obvious, but I think that us acquiring Gonzalez just has to do with how badly Z really wants him. I don’t want him to sell the farm, but I think that a realistic trade such as the one that Griffin brought up could land him. You can bet that they don’t want him to leave for free agency in a couple of years without getting anything in return. They understand that they aren’t going to be contenders for at least a few more years, and that Gonzalez really can’t do anything for them except for put a few more fans in the bleachers (which there attendance was garbage anyway). Now that Correia is available, I wonder if he could be part of any sort of deal that MIGHT happen. He isn’t phenomenal but he is solid. Do you guys think that we could get a 2009 Correia sort of season from one of the guys we already have? I don’t think that this is as far from possible as some people do. The Padres straight up need some more young talent, and they gain just that with a trade. It’s just up to the willingness of Jack to give up some talent.

  • Chad

    Well I guess what I said about it’s all up to Z isn’t entirely true. It also is going to obviously depend on just how stubborn the Padres will be. It’s pretty apparent, as you guys have said, that Gonzalez would thrive in Safeco. Let’s keep our eyes peeled for any ongoing talks that may take place.

    Also, do you guys know if the Mariners intend on formally introducing Figgins to the Seattle media in the coming weeks?

  • Mike

    Gonzalez would be awesome but its going to take much more than Morrow, Lopez, and Kelly to acquire him. I highly doubt it happens…

    I think Correia is nothing more than a back of the rotation starter. He’s coming off a solid 09 campaign but I dont see the point in trading for him with guys like RRS, Snell, Fister, Vargas, etc… already on the roster

  • John O. Jones

    Adrian Gonzales…made for the Ms. If we get him along with two viable starters we could make a run for the WS this year!! Is there any doubt Bay will end up in Seattle??? Not at this address anyway. Is everyone forgetting that Griffey is back? I am thinking he will contribute some numbers. He will want to end his career on a positive note. He is also convinced the Ms will compete for the division title. Once in the playoffs, we all know that anything can happen. Just note the Rays and Rockies presence in the WS the last two of three years. One final thought…the Japanese ownership may just have something to say where Matsui goes to end his career. WS MVP still has something left!! No pun intended but I would not mind seeing him at Safeco.

  • http://sodomojo.com Griffin Cooper

    There’s a ton of doubt that Bay will end up in Seattle – he doesn’t fit, and he’s asking for way too much.