The Padres/Indians trade rumors are swirling once again with 10 days until Opening Day of the 2019 season. The two teams match up well in a potential trade, but are they close in making it happen?
There is no doubt that the San Diego Padres are in need of starting pitching for the upcoming season. Need maybe a strong word to use, as the Padres have several young pitchers on their staff that are capable of stepping up. They have depth, but what they do lack in the rotation is the experience.
As the major league season drags onward, there will be a need for pitchers to eat innings and not abuse the bullpen. The Padres have a necessity for a pitcher that can throw around 200 innings and make his start every fifth day. Totaling 32 starts in a season will take pressure off a young staff. Mentorship and other qualities will also be important for this youthful bunch.
This is where the Cleveland Indians come in.
The Tribe presently have Corey Kluber, Trevor Bauer, Carlos Carrasco, Mike Clevinger and Shane Bieber in their starting rotation. The Indians could easily trade a starting pitcher if a trade partner pays up. In recent days, the asking price for one of their pitchers has dropped (according to Ken Rosenthal of the Athletic). As rosters need to be finalized in the next week or so, teams will certainly begin to become more flexible when it comes to trades.
These two franchises have traded often in recent years and there is recent talk between the two sides. Let’s explore why these two teams match up so well.
Why a trade makes sense for Indians
With an excess of starting pitchers, Cleveland could move a frontline pitcher and get a hefty return for them. Kluber and Bauer seem the most likely to be traded. Each pitcher has at least two years of control left in their contract and some would say that their peak value is right now. The Indians might be trying to maximize either pitcher’s worth presently while replenishing the farm system at the same time. The Padres have prospects galore, but they also have major league catching and outfield depth which is something the Indians covet. The Padres could also trade a relief pitcher to the Indians which would be an upgrade for the Tribe. Basically, the Padres have exactly what Cleveland wants, they just need to agree on the price tag.
Why a trade makes sense for Padres
The Padres need a starting pitcher. We already know that. But a factor for a potential trade between these two teams is that the Padres could potentially move four players from their 40-man roster in a package deal. The team would love to be able to clear room in that area to explore possible additions to the roster. Every year, around opening day, teams cut players that are valuable commodities. One would expect the Padres to be active in possibly adding a veteran or two in late March. Then there are players like Cal Quantrill, Fernando Tatis Jr. and Logan Allen who will need to be added to the 40-man eventually in 2019. Potentially dealing four players from a depth area for a much-needed pitcher sounds good to the Padres and seems very logical.
The odds a trade will happen
At this point, there is a lot to like about a possible deal. If the Padres need to include a young arm in the deal, then so be it. The chance to add Trevor Bauer or Corey Kluber is something that they probably need to take advantage of. Craig Kimbrel was acquired by the Padres on Easter Sunday, the day before the 2015 season started. A.J. Preller has no issues with getting something done at the last minute. Where there is smoke. There is a fire. These two teams will go back and forth in the next week. We will see if anything is agreed upon.