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Padres GM Hoyer: Adrian Gonzalez to have shoulder surgery tomorrow

XX Sports Radio: Jed Hoyer Interview (MP3) with Darren Smith

  • Hoyer is having casual conversations with other GM's, researching players and putting together wish lists.  His focus is now on next year.
  • The Giants were the best team in the NL West the last two months of the season.  Once Tim Lincecum became dominant again they were a different team. Hoyer thinks the Phillies are the best team in baseball.  He doesn't think the Giants will win, but he thinks they can.
  • The Giants did a good job of blocking center fielders from the Padres.  Once Tony Gwynn Jr. went on the DL, the Giants were able to block Cody Ross. "They snaked us on that one and it's paid big dividends so far in the playoffs."
  • Hoyer thought that the Rays were the best team in the American League, so it was a surprise to see them lose.
  • Hoyer isn't allowed to guess what Cliff Lee might get in free agency.  Hoyer thought Schilling and Beckett were the best post season pitchers he'd seen until Cliff Lee.
  • Adrian Gonzalez is going to have right shoulder surgery tomorrow in New York to clean up his labrum. They want to make sure he's 100% by next Spring Training. They won't know how much damage has been done until he's had surgery. This injury was bothering Adrian since last April, but they never considered surgery during the season.
  • Hoyer was shocked to see how good Gonzalez was defensively at first base.  He is Keith Hernandez-esque.
  • Petco Park doesn't hurt Gonzalez as much as it does players like Chase Headley and Will Venable, because Gonzalez uses the whole field.
  • Venable doesn't use the whole field enough, but his base running and defense make him a well above average major league player.  Hoyer would like to have Venable start in right field and move Ryan Ludwick to left.
  • The Padres are in the market for a center fielder but that doesn't mean they will rule out Tony Gwynn Jr.
  • Hoyer will sit down with Adrian's agent in the next couple weeks about his contract.
  • Hoyer has until a few days after the World Series to make decisions on Jon Garland and Yorvit Torrealba.
  • [Boring 2004 Red Sox talk]
  • Bud Black and Jed Hoyer are going to the Chargers game this Sunday.  He will be wearing a pink Chargers jersey because he lost a bet with producer Marty Caswell. Hoyer wants the Chargers to win.