To try and salvage the idea, and because Cameron only compared them as hitters, I graphed out their respective WAR over their careers to date. I also compared them by age, since Teixeira is 2 years older than Gonzo. I left Gonzo's age 22 season out of this data, since Texieria didn't start playing in the majors until he was 23. Here's the graph:
- 4.271 for Teixeira, and
- 4.275 for Gonzalez,
Cameron makes the point that Gonzalez probably won't get a Teixeira-sized contract, if only because the Yankees aren't going to be vying for his services in two years. They have some guy named Teixeira, and he's signed for another 4 years beyond 2011. That may very well be true. At issue, however, is how much Gonzalez is worth on the open market - and based on the comparisons to Mark Teixeira, I'd say Gonzo's estimate of $20 million per year is right, as is his agent's estimate of $18 mil per season.
If the Padres were unable or unwilling to honor the balance of Jake Peavy's contract (2011 - $16M, 2012 - $17M, 2013 - $22M w/ a club buyout option), why would we expect them to turn around now and offer the exact same money to Adrian Gonzalez? Even with a new ownership group, the financial straits of the team are probably the same as they were 12 months ago, one that won't support a large contract like that.