Today was a stressful day for the ITM writers....the number of random chats, emails, and links sent between the three of us on day one of the winter meeting can't be quantified....borderline obsessive to say the least.
That said, apparently, Jed Hoyer is out to sink our battleships. As the new Padres GM, news is just coming out that Hoyer has stated: "it makes no sense to deal Gonzalez now."
Gonzalez is due to make $4.75 million in 2010 and has a club option for $5.5 million in 2011....both of which are complete bargains in the grand scheme of things. The Padres ability to hang onto Gonzo on a long term basis is considered slim at best.
Is it possible that Hoyer is already trying to drive up the price for Gonzalez? Surely, Hoyer must have concerns about making his first big deal as a GM with his old buddy in Boston. At the same time, he likely has the best true valuation of Boston's organizational talent and resources...so he may have the best information to make an educated trade.
Certainly, time will tell. There were no lack of rumors being thrown around today...too many to document here on ITM so we'll try to stick with some of the bigger items and address the smaller ones later.
I'm pretty sure my fingers hurt from hitting the refresh button. You can't beat the Winter Meetings.