"It is what it is," Gwynn said Sunday after talking to manager Don Mattingly. "I think they know that I know I don't belong in the Minor Leagues. But that's the way the roster shakes out unless there's a trade, and I hold out hope for that.
"Donnie's done a good job of being respectful and so has Ned [Colletti]. I have nothing but respect for those guys. Would I like it to go differently? Most definitely."
Gwynn has a guaranteed salary of $1.15 million this year, the final season of a two-year deal.
Ken Gurnick is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.