Picked Up $6.2 Million Option on Gonzo

San Diego Padres Adrian Gonzalez hits a single against the San Francisco Giants during the fourth inning of their MLB baseball game in San Francisco, California October 2, 2010. REUTERS/Robert Galbraith (UNITED STATES - Tags: SPORT BASEBALL)

Source: YardBarker.com

The San Diego Padres picked up the $6.2 million option to keep 1B Adrian Gonzales for another year. It was a no brainer to pick up the option on an MVP type player for next season at that type of money.

The only question that we have is “How long will he remain a San Diego Padre?” Adrian wants to be paid big money like Mark Texiera and the Padres are not willing to pay that type of money for him. If Adrian will not settle for the “San Diego Discount” then the Padres will look to trade him to another team and see what prospects that they can get for him.

The Padres would then be left with Kyle Blanks as the replacement for Gonzales. Blanks needs to step up his performance from last year and will need to recover from injury. The Padres will likely bring in a veteran to help Blanks at the position.

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  • Larry Faria

    Blanks doesn’t need to step up his performance from last year, he just needs to get back the swing he had before last season. It’s obvious from the TJ surgery he was playing last year with a bad elbow. You can just throw out those April-May stats since they reveal nothing more than that he was playing with an undiagnosed injury.

    That brings up Jerry Hairston’s “shin splints” that turned out to be a bone fracture, and Chris Young’s discovery that his pain was from a muscle behind a muscle, that wasn’t picked up in an MRI. It makes me wonder about the Padres’ trainers and medical staff.

    • http://boltbeat.com Ernie Padaon

      that’s very true. the injury had slowed him down and a move back to his natural position can help Blanks out. He has monstrous raw power AND some pretty good speed for a big man. Lots of people were in love with him at te beginning of the season, including me, hopefully it was the injury that slowed his production.

      don’t forget to add Adrian’s bum shoulder at the season to the list of injuries that had affected the player’s production. His power numbers declined late in the season and there were a few games it would have been nice to have that.