"[The reporter] was being hypothetical about 2012, and so was I," Gonzalez said. "He just wanted to ask me questions about the future, and I said if I become a free agent, I'm going to listen to any offer.
"He didn't misquote me at all, but I think the story was turned into something that I didn't expect, especially the way the interview started and the direction it was going. We were talking about their players and wondering if they have a future in the next year or so. I thought that's what we were talking about."
Gonzalez is surprised that the story and his comments created a stir during a time when the Padres are fighting to get into the postseason.
"The fans' reaction was totally off," he said. "I think they took this, and because we're losing, they wanted to turn it into something else. If we would have won those two games, I don't think they would have made anything out of it. If I would have gotten three hits [last night], they wouldn't have made anything out of it."
Gonzalez was 0-for-8 with three strikeouts in the first two contests of the four-game set with the Cubs at PETCO Park. He also committed a fielding error at first base in the loss to the Cubs on Tuesday.