Look, I was finally reaching the acceptance stage. Finally understanding that the chances of seeing Adrian Gonzalez in a Red Sox uniform anytime before the All Star break — if ever at all — were slimmer than Daryl Irvine.

But now, just as I was putting the finishing touches on my set of custom-made Adrian Beltre action figures (with free-flow testicles!), the background noise is starting up again. Just yesterday, our friends at NESN informed us that A-Gon’s agent is already charging up his calculator, stating that the Padres probably won’t be able to afford the hill of greenbacks he’s looking for.

Even Padres CEO Jeff Moorad chimed in, echoing the agent’s statement: “While I’d be thrilled to have him part of the organization for the long term, the early signals indicate his cost will be greater than our ability to pay.” (Something my boss has said about me several times. In the confines of my own mind.)

Honestly, I don’t see this sort of agent-speak changing anything. Gonzo is cheap, outlandishly talented and one of the few things putting asses in seats at Petco, unless you count “Watch the Game from Henry Winkler’s Lap” night. So until he’s spotted shopping for condos in Chestnut Hill, I’m officially tuning out any more status updates for the entire 2010 season.

Unless, of course, they involve his wife.