Paul DePodesta is leaving the Padres to rejoin Sandy Alderson in New York as the Mets vice president for player development and amateur scouting.
Like many teams, the North Siders have had their eye on San Diego first baseman Adrian Gonzalez, who can become a free agent after the 2011 season.
The small-market Padres know they will not be able to afford the $15 million-$20 million per season that Gonzalez will demand as a free agent next November. That being the case, deciding when to trade their best player will be the key to the Padres’ structure in the near future.
If the Padres are going to listen to offers for someone like Bell, let’s take a gander at his trade market. Here are the pros, cons and potential landing spots for the guy who won’t be sending pitching coach Rick Peterson a Christmas card anytime soon.