If you were to ask me last week if the San Diego Padres would trade first baseman Adrian Gonzalez, my answer would have been a resounding no. But as we near closer to the trade deadline I continue to become less confident.
Yes, Adrian is the face of the Padres franchise and a fan favorite, but of all the players in the San Diego lineup he holds the most value and could get the Padres minor league system back on track.
For a team that is now trying to rebuild their minor league system, they are in quite a bit of disarray with little pitching prospects to speak of besides Matt Latos and most position players already with the major league club.
Let's face it. The San Diego Padres are not going to be contenders next year and likely won't be for the next couple, so maybe the time is right to move Gonzalez when his stock is so high.
There have been recent reports that the Boston Red Sox are interested in Adrian Gonzalez and would be willing to give up top pitching prospect Clay Buchholz along with other high ranking prospects in their system.
If Buchholz is indeed being offered by the Red Sox in a deal for Adrian, then GM Kevin Towers must listen.
Prospects that the San Diego Padres are also extremely interested in are pitcher Daniel Bard and first baseman Lars Anderson. The Padres would also like the Red Sox to add another player they can place in their minor league system.
If the Padres can get the likes of Bard, Buchholz, Anderson and another prospect for Adrian, I don't know how you don't consider it.
As hard as it might be for Padres fans to let go of fan favorite Adrian Gonzalez, a trade along these lines could be best for all parties involved.
It has been made clear by Gonzalez that he wants to win and win soon, but he also loves to play for his hometown team of San Diego.
If he were to be traded he would be given that chance to win immediately as his presence in the Boston offense would likely make them the favorite in the American League, if not all of Major League Baseball.
For the Padres it is simple—they add a pitcher in Clay Buchholz who could be a top of the rotation guy in their organization for the next 10 years, and the other prospects would help replenish their minor league system.
With or without Adrian Gonzalez, the San Diego Padres are a last place team. Why not cash in on his high stock to help make the team better in the long run?
It may be an unpopular idea among Padres followers, but it might be the type of trade that helps bring the Padres back from obscurity in just a few years.