Well look who decided to show up last to Spring Training. Mr. Grumpy Unshaven Adrian Gonzalez. He wants you to know that he deserves a ring and a raise. His comments about wanting to win a championship for San Diego are nice and all, but seriously Jake Peavy said almost the same thing last season before he chose to accept a trade and leave. If he's really expecting a championship and big contract here in San Diego before the Padres trade him, then we might as well start saying our goodbyes now.
Gonzalez looking forward to next contract | MLB.com: News
Padres first baseman Adrian Gonzalez said Wednesday that when his current deal is up with the team, he's looking more to get paid what he's worth instead of giving his hometown team a discounted break.
Gonzalez '100 percent committed' to Padres - SignOnSanDiego.com
"The next contract is the contract where I’ll look for what I deserve … what my value is," said Gonzalez
Gonzalez addresses "quiet" offseason " NCTimes.com Blogs
On contract talks: "There hasn’t been any talks about anything." On his current contract, a four-year deal with a team option for 2011: "At the time you take the security. … The next one is where I look for what I deserve."
PADRES NOTES: Gonzalez expects big bucks for next contract
"If (the Padres) want to keep me around, they'll find a way to keep me around. There hasn't been any talks about anything other than just go out and play, which I told them I'm going to do."
[Note by jbox, 02/24/10 8:38 PM PST ]
Interesting note: Dan Hayes says a 6 for 1 deal was almost done with Seattle last summer:
Before last year's July 31 nonwaiver trade deadline, the team closest to acquiring Gonzalez was Seattle, which had a six-for-one deal on the table. But, the source said, then-general manager Kevin Towers was holding out for one more player and the deal fell apart.