Padres CEO Jeff Moorad tells the San Diego-Union Tribune that he wants first baseman Adrian Gonzalez to remain with the club past the 2011 season when his contract expires.
"I’m still hopeful that Adrian and his representatives help us structure a contract that we can afford and fits into our long-term payroll," Moorad said in an interview with the newspaper. "At some point, (general manager) Jed (Hoyer) will explore whether there is a creative approach that works for all. Until then, I’m going to remain optimistic."
Many observers believe the Padres will not be able to afford Gonzalez, who will make $10 million over the next two seasons. The team reportedly has been gauging trade interest since 2009. The Boston Red Sox have been the team linked the closest to the discussions.
Gonzalez, 27, slugged 40 home runs and compiled a .958 OPS, both career highs, last season.