Here is a glimpse at some possible trade chips for the San Diego Padres as they head into a seemingly busy winter.
The time has come for the San Diego Padres to make a move.
A.J. Preller has done well to stack his side of the poker table with trade chips. The Padres have several men on the 40-man roster who could be traded, and they also have one of the best farm systems in all of baseball. If Preller wants to make a bold move, he can easily do it.
Here is a look at the Padres’ trade chips as the winter approaches.
Major League level
A.J. Preller could trade several potential players this winter. The Padres will explore all options, but the following players seem to have the most substantial trade value while at the same time they have the distinction of being players who could also be the victims of a numbers crunch.
Here is a look at some options in a potential deal who are currently on the Major League roster.
The Padres seemingly chose Renfroe over the more popular Franmil Reyes, who the team traded this past July. Renfroe had a horrible second half as he looked lost at the plate, putting up a .161/.263/.299 batting line with a .562 OPS in 59 games. Renfroe finished the year with 33 homers in 2019, but only six came in the second half. The Gold Glover-caliber defense he flashed in April and May also suffered at the end of the year. The power hitter battled a series of injuries in the second half, and that was a significant factor. The Padres will explore trading Renfroe, but it is not a given. The Padres generally do not deal players when their value is low.
He provides what the Padres need as far as a left-handed bat with upside, but he has struggled to stay in the lineup. Health has been a constant battle for Cordero and will be a significant factor for 2020 in terms of what the Padres do with him. He could be packaged with a few prospects this winter as the Padres search for pitching and left-handed bats who can hit in the middle of the order and get on base, Cordero is a wild card as he is still so young. There is not a lot of trade value here, but a team could be enthralled with his ability.
It will be fascinating to see what the Padres do with Luis Urias. They took it easy with his development in 2019 as he spent most of the year in the PCL. The right-handed hitter slugged at a fantastic rate, but his leg kick and decreased plate discipline were a bit concerning to the Padres. Urias could be dealt as the Padres do technically have Ian Kinsler on the roster for 2020 as well as a few minor leaguers who are close at the position (Ivan Castillo and Owen Miller). If Urias is dealt this winter, the Padres will only do it for significant Major League talent. To get value, the team will need to trade value. That is where Urias may come in handy for San Diego.
There is a lot to like about Joey Lucchesi, and the Padres could view this an opportunity to sell high on the left-handed pitcher. There are several prospects on the rise, and pitching’ jobs will be sparse starting in 2020. His “churve” is a compelling pitch, and his funky mechanics and motion dictate that Lucchesi will have a future in the bullpen if starting games does not work out in the end, The Padres may dangle their young starter this winter as the team looks to improve in several areas.
Like Lucchesi, Lauer could be the victim of a numbers crunch. His ability to throw multiple pitches and the fact he has hit 95 mph consistently in some of his starts makes him a near-lock to make the team in 2020. Like Lucchesi, Lauer could also be transitioned to the bullpen eventually, but the Padres will want to give him every opportunity to establish himself in the league as a starting pitcher. The Padres may offer Lauer in some trade packages, but only for a significant return.
Playing the outfield every day has not been an issue for Naylor. He may not be a Gold-Glove winner any time soon, but he has shown decent foot speed and a strong arm. His route running and flyball reaction are things that will only come in time. The left-handed hitter is currently in the Dominican Republic, where he continues to play the outfield. The Padres could shop Naylor to an AL team who could utilize him at the DH position or slide him back to his natural first base position. There seems to be a high likelihood of trade here.
At times in 2019, Quantrill looked like the first-round pick that everyone expected when the Padres selected him out of Stanford in 2016. He had ups and downs during the season but showed enough that he has an exciting upside. The Padres could package Quantrill for a veteran ace, or they could let him start the 2020 season in the rotation. The uncertainty for the future of this team is real, and Quantrill exemplifies that.
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