Padres CEO says Gonzalez talks quiet

Padres CEO says Gonzalez talks quiet

SAN DIEGO -- Padres CEO Jeff Moorad said Thursday that "there's nothing active ... there's nothing on the table" involving All-Star first baseman Adrian Gonzalez.

Moorad, in an interview on the Padres' flagship radio station, XX1090, said that he doesn't believe general manager Jed Hoyer has spoken with Boston Red Sox general manager Theo Epstein since the Winter Meetings concluded in Indianapolis last week.

And even then, Moorad said, he didn't think Hoyer and Epstein discussed Gonzalez.

Gonzalez has been the subject of trade speculation since the end of the regular season. That Hoyer was an assistant general manager to Epstein in Boston before joining the Padres in October only fueled speculation that Boston might engage Hoyer in trade discussions for the two-time All-Star and two-time Gold Glove Award winner.

Moorad didn't say that Gonzalez was off-limits, explaining:

"If it's something that would dramatically improve our ballclub, we'd be silly not to listen," Moorad said. "Does that mean other teams don't ask about him? ... Of course not. We're going to listen."

Moorad said that brisk season-ticket sales could potentially help push payroll to the higher end of the $40 million to $50 million range, leaving Hoyer money to work with in the free-agent market.

"Jed has money to spend, not a lot, but money to spend," Moorad said.

Corey Brock is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.