- Hoyer is starting to have meaningful discussions, "things will start happening very soon".
- MLB changed all the significant off season dates, which forces teams to make decisions quicker. Hoyer thinks it is great thing for everybody since there will be more early signings and less guys hanging during Spring Training.
- Hoyer was not surprised by Jon Garland or Yorvit Torrealba becoming free agents. Hoyer talked to both of their agents. "It was pretty clear they had good seasons and wanted to test the market. They feel like that was their best option. It didn't surprise me. It's their right." They were willing to walk away from the one year option they had with the Padres.
- The Padres will certainly continue to talk to Chris Young about coming back.
- As for picking up Adrian Gonzalez's option. "Adrian's decision was probably the easiest in baseball."
- The Padres had a one year mutual option with Jon Garland for $6.75 million. He was looking for a multiple year deal in free agency. Hoyer does have interest in possibly signing him if he doesn't get a better offer from another team. They'll continue to talk.
"I guess to sum it up, nothing has really changed since we sat down last year and nor did I expect it to. I think that Adrian went out and had another terrific season. I think at this point with a year away from free agency I think Adrian's desire is to go out after a franchise player type contract. That's his right and I certainly don't begrudge him at all. He is pretty close to free agency and that's something he wants to explore. At this point it's a near certainty that he at least explores free agency. I think that's what I expected before going to lunch and that was confirmed."
The San Diego Discount was not discussed. His agent was talking about a Mark Teixeira type contract and the Padres are not one of the teams that can afford that. "Based on our conversation yesterday, what we could do and where they were looking weren't really matching up."