On Monday evening, Padres beat writer for MLB, Corey Brock, posted the following tweet:
#Padres GM Hoyer would like to take Adrian Gonzalez into 2011, though would not guarantee. Will meet with his agent in the coming weeks.
So the Padres GM would like to "take" AGonz into 2011. AGonz has a $6.2 million option for 2011, which the Padres will most certainly pick up. But that doesn't mean they won't deal him. So, GM Jed Hoyer would not guarantee bringing Gonzalez back in 2011? Why? Well, Hoyer knows that to get full value for his all-star first baseman, he will have to deal him this offseason.
Who are Hoyer's potential targets? This is just speculation on my part, but one team that jumps out to me is the Braves. The Braves have plenty of pitching prospects in the minors lead by Julio Teheran, Arodys Vizcaino, Randall Delgado, Mike Minor, and Brandon Beachy. Beachy and Minor both made a few starts in the majors in September. The Braves also have a young first baseman in Freddie Freeman who is very close to being major league ready.
Could the Braves entice the Padres with an offer of Julio Teheran, Mike Minor, and Freddie Freeman for Adrian Gonzalez? Is that enough to get a deal done? Too much to give up for one year of Gonzalez?