I know it really doesn’t make a lot of sense, but maybe the San Diego Padres should sign Adrian Gonzalez for one last hurrah with the team. The Padres are presently in a youth movement, but having a former Padre great on the team might be a fun idea.
Adrian Gonzalez is now approaching the end of his professional baseball career at 36 years old.
“El Titan” tried to maintain a consistent starting role for the New York Mets in 2018, but failed to do so and was eventually released on June 10.
Gonzalez hit just .237/.299/.373 with six home runs, 26 RBI and a -0.6 WAR in 54 games before the Mets lost their patience.
Despite these uninspiring numbers, “Agon” still has a lot to offer to an MLB organization with his wealth of experience over the past 15 MLB seasons.
The Mexican-American first baseman also has the desire to keep on playing, even if that means playing in Japan, as he told the Los Angeles Times. Gonzalez could become an icon in Japan like his countryman, Japhet Amador of the Rakuten Golden Eagles, but he could go for one last hurrah in MLB, and the San Diego Padres are the team that should offer it to him.
It is not a stretch to say that the San Diego native is one of the greatest players to ever play for the San Diego Padres. “El Titan” smashed 161 home runs for the Friars, good for second-most in franchise history, just two behind the all-time leader, Nate Colbert.
Gonzalez did become a polarizing figure for Padres fans because of his time with the Los Angeles Dodgers, but his efforts for his hometown team cannot be ignored. “Agon” is still loved by some Friar’ faithful and can serve as a mentor to some of the younger players on this team, specifically the Latino players like Luis Urias, Franmil Reyes, and Francisco Mejia.
Andy Green’s team should not be competitive in 2019 and the season will likely serve as a development year for several young players.
Yes, Adrian Gonzalez would be taking up a roster spot, but the Padres would be getting invaluable experience that not even the current manager has. At the same time, “Agon” could be honored by the club as he breaks team records and tries to stay in the game he loves, something that the fans should be excited about.