Cubs, Other Teams Also Pursuing Adrian Gonzalez

The Red Sox aren't the only team in the hunt for Adrian Gonzalez.  "Multiple teams besides [the] Red Sox," including the Cubs, are interested in the Padres slugger, tweets Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com.  This isn't the first time we've heard about Chicago's interest in Gonzalez, and the Cubs' search for a big-hitting first baseman may have intensified now that Adam Dunn has signed with the crosstown rival White Sox

Two big obstacles stand in the way of a Cubs/Padres deal: the Cubs' ability to provide the blue-chip prospects that San Diego desires in any Gonzalez trade, and whether the Cubs can afford the long-term extension that Gonzalez wants after 2011.  One obviously impacts the other, since it would be foolish for the Cubs to move several prospects for just one season of Gonzalez.  With the Carlos Silva and Kosuke Fukudome contracts coming off the books after this year, Chicago has about $63MM committed to their 2012 payroll.

Besides the Cubs, Rosenthal lists the Angels, Blue Jays, Orioles, Nationals, Rangers and Rays as having a "possible interest" in a Gonzalez trade.  All of the teams could potentially afford a Gonzalez extension except Tampa Bay, and all of the clubs have intriguing minor league prospects to interest the Padres (though it might be hard for L.A. to acquire Gonzalez without giving up star prospect Mike Trout).  Dan Hayes of the North County Times tweets that it's the Cubs and Red Sox, however, who are the "main focus" of San Diego's trade talks.


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170 Comments on "Cubs, Other Teams Also Pursuing Adrian Gonzalez"


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42214221
4 years 7 months ago

wow

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The_BiRDS
4 years 7 months ago

Im all Cardinals but damn I hope cubs get Gonzalez.. that would make Cards cubs games even better!

Dont think it ends up happening though…

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dickylarue
4 years 7 months ago

I gotta believe Baltimore and Toronto are in this too. If the Mets aren’t in it offering Ike Davis among others, they really are morons.

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42214221
4 years 7 months ago

snider romero

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Ferrariman
4 years 7 months ago

way too much.

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Sniderlover
4 years 7 months ago

That’s insanity.

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AllYourBaseAreBelongToUs
4 years 7 months ago

Baltimore will be desperate after getting shafted by FAs, but they won’t give up Wieters or Matusz, and that’s what the Padres will look at first.

Toronto is in a good position for him, they really can compete as soon as next year, but is that worth losing a combination of Snider, Arencibia, Drabek and others?

I think the Mets hold on to Davis, and wait until there some contracts are off the books (Perez, Castillo, Beltran) before they do anything significant.

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4 years 7 months ago

how willing would the padres be in reimold, tillman, and build from there, i wonder

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4 years 7 months ago

If Gonzalez goes to Mets I will personally pay his entire year’s salary. No way that happens.

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Dave_Gershman
4 years 7 months ago

Why would the Orioles acquire A-Gon? Plus, he’s not going to want to sign an extension with them.

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padresfuture
4 years 7 months ago

I agree. They are not close enough to contention to warrant giving away the players/prospects needed. I like the orioles farm system but I don’t see them making this move unless they plan to sign him long term and build aggressively around him.

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Steve_in_MA
4 years 7 months ago

Neither can really afford the extension, though each can post the prospects.

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YanksFanSince78
4 years 7 months ago

Why would you feel the O’s or Mets couldn’t afford Agonz? The O’s bid aggresively on Tex but lost and the Mets have tons of money coming off after 2011 but may or may not have the prospects. Obviously Ike Davis would be the centerpiece.

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Vivid_Reality
4 years 7 months ago

For the love of all things baseball, DO NOT DO THIS HENDRY. You have pulled off some amazing trades in the past (Lee and Ramirez) but this will not work out in our favor. Its time to get your head out of the clouds and fully commit to the rebuild.

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The_BiRDS
4 years 7 months ago

amen.

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Ferrariman
4 years 7 months ago

no, please keep it up.

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4 years 7 months ago

Details. Why won’t this work? You realize he’s a good hitter right? And that a good hitter would make the Cubs better, right? If the Cubs can pull something like this off and compete for the division or wild card there is no reason to blow it up and rebuild. The whole purpose of playing the games is to contend, if they’re able to contend why wouldn’t they? Besides, what we have on the farm is nice, but there aren’t any can’t miss prospects, no Jason Heywards or Buster Poseys. Committing to a rebuild with what we have down there wouldn’t be all that successful. Sure, there are some good players coming but nothing that will turn this team into a contender. If San Diego wants them and if AGon will sign, I’d deal.

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4 years 7 months ago

First off, The Cubs don’t have the payroll for AGon and definitely don’t have the prospects for AGon. Even if you threw in C. Starlin they would still have a slim chance.

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shysox
4 years 7 months ago

Whoa, if they throw in Castro then they have a very legitimate chance at A-Gon. Castro, Vitters, Cashner, and Carpenter would probably get it done.

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Steve_in_MA
4 years 7 months ago

I don’t think so. Maybe I’m wrong, but that is not enough of a package to trump about 3 other teams who would be bidding.

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YanksFanSince78
4 years 7 months ago

I think that deal is better than most of what the Red Sox have been offering. Also, it more directly addresses the needs I’ve been hearing a lot of Pads fans asking for, like a SS, OF and pitching since most of the younger guys will be graduating to the mlb staff. Castro fills the SS need where the Sox are reluctant to give up Iglesias. Cashner has proven himself to be more mlb ready than Kelly and has more upside than Doubront or Pimental. The Cubs may have to sub out Vitters and Carpenter for maybe Brett Jackson though.

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4 years 7 months ago

Yanksfan, I somewhat agree with you. Yes Cashner maybe more mlb ready than Kelly. But Kelly has the higher up side. And I don’t know if I would say he has more upside than Pimental, Dourbront, I will give u. Lastly, I don’t see the Cubs trading Castro in the first place. But if they did, Castro, Jackson, and Cashner would probably be too much to give up.

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shysox
4 years 7 months ago

For some reason, any big player that comes to the cubs either blows, or has a few good years then ends up being overpaid. Not saying Gonzalez is a bad player, but I’m just saying.
IE: Alfonso Soriano, Milton Bradley, Carlos Zambrano, Kouske Fukudome, Jeff Samarzija were/all overpayed.
Ryan Dempster, Marlon Byrd, and Aramis Ramirez are next.

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4 years 7 months ago

Marlon Byrd makes on average $5 mil a year during the life of his contract. I don’t really see how he can be overpaid unless he doesn’t play another game for the rest of the next two seasons.

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shysox
4 years 7 months ago

Which is possible, but hey, I’m just pointing it out, not saying Gonzalez will completely drop off if he comes to Wrigley, but I’m just pointing out the history, and that it HAS happened before.

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Steve_in_MA
4 years 7 months ago

Except that Aramis Ramirez is and will continue to be UNDERPAID for 2011. He’s about the best short stop in baseball. He could get $17-20MM on the open market right now, if he were an F/A.

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jb226
4 years 7 months ago

Ahem.

Aramis Ramirez is a third baseman for the Cubs.
Alexi Ramirez is a shortstop for the White Sox.

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Ferrariman
4 years 7 months ago

i can think of 3 shortstops i’d rather have over Alexi.

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Vivid_Reality
4 years 7 months ago

Don’t get me wrong, I would love Gonz in Cubbie Blue especially with the lack of 1B prospects in the system. The Cons just outweigh the Pros for me. At best we get a stud for 20mm a year to blast moon shots out of Wrigley for some prospects that may or may not work out. At worst we have the next Soriano. I would rather not take the risk given the current state of our team.

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Neil Tatro
4 years 7 months ago

cashner, hak-ju lee, jay jackson, and sean marshall enough? i think the cubs definitely have the players to get a deal done.

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shysox
4 years 7 months ago

I’d be willing to bet it would take one of the two: Starlin Castro, Josh Vitters, then Andrew Cashner, and Tyler Colvin.

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BlueCatuli
4 years 7 months ago

If it weren’t the Padres I’d say you were over valuing Vitters, but they have been in on him before. Hak ju Lee could be involved instead of Castro. In 5 years people will be talking about his big extension like we are all talking about Tulowitzki’s. Castro will be a Cub for his entire career and will be the face of their franchise.

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shysox
4 years 7 months ago

I remember a few years ago, even at a single-A level, Vitters was one of the best prospects in baseball, some ESPN writer wrote about it, I have no idea where he’s at right now.

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tommy4205
4 years 7 months ago

He’s at AA Tennessee, from what I saw of him there’s no way he’s fast tracking it to the big leagues anytime soon.

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BlueCatuli
4 years 7 months ago

He has had some Cubbie type injuries that have been nagging him. I look for him to have a break out year and be a September call up. He was hit in the hand by a pitch last year and never fully recovered, but he was just getting his groove back from the promotion to AA. He won’t be the blue chip everyone thought he would be, but I’d be willing to bet he is a part of the Cubs future, just not at third base. The Cubs website recently had an article in which Muskat discussed Vitters making the switch to first base. Baseball America has him projected as a left fielder. An outfield of Vitters Guyer and Jackson would be something to look forward to.