02 March 2010
From MLB Trade Rumors:
The agent for Adrian Gonzalez told Tim Sullivan of the San Diego Union-Tribune that he sees Mark Teixeira as a fair comparable for his client. John Boggs, who represents Gonzalez, told Padres GM Jed Hoyer the same thing and that basically ended their conversation.
Teixeira signed a $180MM deal with the Yankees last offseason as a 28-year-old. Gonzalez won't be a free agent until after the 2011 season if the Padres pick up his $5.6MM option, but his agent is thinking big already.
“You always shoot high and adjust to the marketplace,” Boggs said of Gonzalez, who will presumably be 29 by the time he hits the market.
Bottom Line: The Sox may not have ever had a real shot at signing Teixeira, but they might have the best shot at signing Gonzalez. Losing Tex to the Yankees hurt in more ways than one. They can't afford to lose A-Gon.
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