At first blush, this sort of thing may make Red Sox fans smile:
San Diego Padres GM Jed Hoyer, who served as Red Sox Assistant GM
through the 2009 season, suggested in a conference call that the Padres
would have a “level of comfort” in any potential trade with the Red Sox.
Hoyer suggested that contemplating the likelihood of a trade of
Adrian Gonzalez to the Sox would be “just speculation.” That said, with
both Hoyer and new Assistant GM Jason McLeod (former the Red Sox
amateur scouting director) in San Diego, the Padres suggest that they
would have greater confidence in evaluating any players whom they might
acquire from Boston in a deal that they would with another club.
But it’s exactly that level of comfort which would likely keep the Red Sox from wanting to trade with Hoyer. They can snow almost any other team on the value of their prospects. Hoyer will call them out on their baloney and hone in on the real gems of the system.
This doesn’t mean that an Adrian Gonzalez trade won’t happen one day. It means that, if it does, it will hurt in terms of Red Sox prospects.