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.)