I made a comment to Theo, "Make the trade happen by itself, and I promise you during the season I'll negotiate". I'm not going to come here and be like, "OK, we'll see you at free agency and see if you outbid the other teams." We'll negotiate during the season. We're going to be fair. We won't be looking for record-breaking deals. We just want market value. We gave them our word that we were going to negotiate during the season in good faith. We're not going to go in there and ask for Albert Pujols' contract, something along those lines. ... That was one of their comments, what if [Pujols] gets this humongous deal and you want to be closer to him? I said, "Trust me. What the market is today might change by then, but we're going to negotiate based on what the market is today."Check out Gordon Edes's three-part look at Gonzalez and the recent trade negotiations: 1 and 2, with 3 available here tomorrow.)
Michael Silverman of the Herald also has a series of articles on Gonzalez: 1 and 2 and 3.