Discussion: Are The Padres Tipping Their Hand?

It's no secret that the Padres are thinking about moving Adrian Gonzalez in the near future.   Gonzalez, or, the "Human Trade Rumor" as Scott Miller of CBSSports.com refers to him, is owed just $4.75MM in 2010 and $5.5MM on a club option for 2011.  Yet, it appears that the Padres have already given up on keeping him for the long-haul.

John Boggs, the agent for Gonzalez, told team CEO Jeff Moorad and GM Jed Hoyer that his client will seek a contract similar to the $180MM deal Mark Teixeira signed with the Yankees last offseason.  That course of action brought discussion to a halt.  

While the Padres appear to have up to a dozen suitors for Gonzalez's services, they may not be keeping their cards close to the chest.  In his aforementioned piece, Miller writes that Gonzalez – inarguably San Diego's biggest star – will not be one of the six players featured in promotional nights this summer.  Neither will closer Heath Bell, who has also been rumored to be on the trading block.

This comes just two months after Hoyer assured a reporter that the club was not looking to move the 27-year-old.  Bobbleheads and replica jerseys aside, one has to wonder if the Padres' transparency in recent weeks might hurt them in the long run.  Are the Padres tipping their hand or is it already obvious to everyone in baseball that the Friars have to consider moving their star first baseman?


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