Adrian Gonzalez Trade Possibilities

TeaMoe OliverContributor IApril 3, 2010

LOS ANGELES, CA - SEPTEMBER 04:  Adrian Gonzalez #23 of the San Diego Padres bats against the Los Angeles Dodgers at Dodger Stadium on September 4, 2009 in Los Angeles, California.  (Photo by Jeff Gross/Getty Images)
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Adrian Gonzalez is the biggest fan favorite in San Diego.  His popularity is making it difficult for San Diego's front office to make a trade.  However, eventually the Padres will give in to the plethora of deals being thrown their way.  Here's a look at potential suitors, and what they could be willing to give up to go get Adrian.

RED SOX- Boston is the most likely destination for Adrian if he gets traded by his hometown Padres.  Their farm system is strong, and many of their best prospects are on the cusp of breaking into the majors.  According to, the Red Sox were ready to trade Clay Buchholz, and Jacoby Ellsbury to get Gonzalez.  While both of those players are intriguing, the Padres could potentially get more if the Red Sox get anxious.  Look for the Padres to try and get AAA prospects Lars Anderson (1B), Michael Bowden (SP) and 2nd year major leaguer Daniel Bard (RP).

WHITE SOX- It has been reported the Jake Peavy has been asking the White Sox's front office to pull the trigger on Gonzalez.  They defiantly have the pieces to make a move.  The Padres will probably try to get Gordon Beckham (INF), but the White Sox have already shown their reluctance to move him.  Other players Chicago could send packing are, the dynamic Jared Mitchell (OF), Dan Hudson (SP) and the major league ready Tyler Flowers (C).

Yankees- Even though the Yankees don't really need him, you can never count them out in trade conversations.  The Yankees could give the Padres a combination of Ramiro Pena (2B), the speedy Brett Gardener (OF), and Phil Hughs (SP).  All three of these players are already on the major league team, and could thrive if given an opportunity to play a bigger role in San Diego.  The Padres could also go after minor leaguers Jario Heredia (SP) and Austin Romine (C).