Do either Bell and/or Gonzalez have to go?
When I spoke with Padres general manager Kevin Towers last week, he essentially indicated that the team would be reluctant to move Adrian Gonzalez and Heath Bell before the July 31 non-waiver trade deadline.
If you’re a Padres fan, do you agree with this? Do you think holding onto Bell and Gonzalez is the best way for the team to make that hard climb back toward being a .500 team or better in 2010?
Or would you rather see the Padres deal away one of these two players for a haul of players who could impact the roster in 2010, position players and/or pitchers? Players who are young and under team control and will be in San Diego for a while. Players who can help now and in the future.
Is that something you, as a Padres fan, are willing to consider?
Understand that in Bell, you have a 31-year-old reliever who is having a monster season. He’s arbitration-eligible, meaning he’s in for a fairly big payday (unless the team signs him to a multi-year deal).
The haul of talent you would receive for Bell wouldn’t be nearly that if, say, you traded away Gonzalez, but it could fetch you possibly two players who could help you in the future. Is that worth trading away your All-Star closer?
How about Gonzalez? Yes, I know he’s a two-time All-Star and Gold Glove winner. He’s from San Diego, fans love him, even for his summer slump, he’s a very good hitter and a very good players. There’s no disputing that.
But imagine if you sold high on Gonzalez right now what that could net you in return. Three or four players, some Major League ready, some close, maybe some top-level prospect to help fill a system that is currently devoid of such players.
Here’s the deal: The Padres will never be a team that makes a big splash in free agency due to the contracts these players command AND get. Promoting from within is a great way to go but as evidenced by this season, those players ARE already here. If there’s hope coming from the farm system, it’s not going to be here this year or possibly even next.
Then isn’t the best way to immediately improve your team through a trade? Do you trade one of these guys, both or circle the wagons, say that these are your building blocks and go into 2010 with essentially the same group (albeit it healthier)?
This is all food for thought. There is no advocating a deal here, just presenting all sides. What do you think?
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