CHICAGO -- Speaking at Tuesday's media session during the general managers meetings, former Red Sox assistant GM and current Padres GM Jed Hoyer stopped short of talking too much about Adrian Gonzalez' future with the Padres, but he did say that he has spoken to Gonzalez’ agent, John Boggs, as well as Gonzalez.
“We’re going to try and start a dialogue soon, obviously once that dialogue starts we’re not going to comment on it, but we are going to start that dialogue,” said Hoyer, who hadn’t met Gonzalez before being introduced at Petco Park just before being introduced as GM.
Hoyer also agreed that the exhaustive research the Red Sox did in targeting Gonzalez at last season’s trade deadline helped him get a head start when it came to knowing the ins and outs of the first baseman.
“I think so. Certainly, he’s one of those players everybody knows. He’s a superstar player. There’s no secret. But I do think so,” Hoyer said. “Certainly in July he was the object of the affection of Boston’s front office.”
Gonzalez is signed for 2010 for $4.75 million, with a team option of $5.5 million in '11.
Hoyer would not reveal if he was planning on targeting any more members of the Red Sox front office, but did say he was in the process of interviewing candidates throughout the GM meetings. “I’m trying to rush without hurrying,” he explained.
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