A.J. Preller stacking Padres’ trade chips

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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.

Hunter Renfroe

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.

Franchy Cordero

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.

Luis Urias

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.

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Joey Lucchesi

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.

Eric Lauer

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.

Josh Naylor

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.

Cal Quantrill

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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GEORGE D MURUA
GEORGE D MURUA
2 years ago

This is a make or break off season for Preller. He’s been horrible putting together a quality team the last 5 years. Now he has a chance to trade prospects to build a contender. The Tingler hire was a mistake imo but a manager is only as good as his players. AJ needs to get it right or he needs to be fired.

Andres
Andres
2 years ago

This thread is full of idiots it’s so hard to read. Preller got tatis jr. and machado. Times have never been so good as a padre fan and you all want to throw it away because of a few bad rebuilding years. News flash San Diego is not New York or la. Be great full for this awesome time to be a fan because years of mediocrity are expected in such a small market, and to have 2 superstars on this team for the foreseeable future is something we’ve never had even in our best tony Gwynn days (RIP the… Read more »

Whiteboymike
Whiteboymike
2 years ago

Guys preller has turned this franchise around just like everywhere he has been. Richard’s will be a top 10 pitcher in this leauge. Ian Kinsler was a good move that didnt work out but he has been a great player his entire career. You guys no nothing of Baseball, preller has made this team relevant again

Billy Bobaloo
Billy Bobaloo
2 years ago

With today’s hire of Tingler, it appears pretty obvious what’s to come: sit on young talent and develop from within for the long run as opposed to selling off many pieces to acquire veterans. This is not a move that signifies big acquisitions from elsewhere to win now. I’m neither supporting or attacking such a move. We may sign FA front of rotation pieces or make 40-man friendly moves. But, I don’t see this team as “trading to get there”. What little I have read on the new manager shows he’s a developer. That’s what we need somewhere in the… Read more »

Gary Klimas
Gary Klimas
2 years ago

Trade chips for the Padres? For who; a GM who has proven he can’t trade with anyone unless it’s Cleveland and then allow himself to be fleeced? The Marlins and Red Sox don’t trust Preller and won’t do business with him. You think other teams don’t know that Preller is a dishonest individual? But the people I blame the most are Seidler and Fowler. The Padres have owners who mean well but they making a terrible decision in allowing Preller to stay in town. FIVE years of his leadership is quite enough. You know “who” is happy? The Dodgers as… Read more »

Ryan
Ryan
2 years ago
Reply to  Gary Klimas

The Marlins and Red Sox traded the Padres three pitchers who needed Tommy John surgery (one of them needing it twice)! Preller doesn’t trust THEM! Preller won’t do business with THEM!

bk
bk
2 years ago
Reply to  Gary Klimas

Kevin towers was mediocre. 4 total good years out of 15. lucked out. No ability to even try his hand at intl scouting.

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