With several men who are more than capable of being major league regulars in the outfield, a trade is indeed coming for the San Diego Padres.
The time is coming and it is approaching extremely fast.
With more than seven men who have already proven themselves at the major league level in the outfield, the San Diego Padres must make a move. They must trade an outfielder. It should happen relatively soon.
Franmil Reyes, Wil Myers, Hunter Renfroe, Manuel Margot, Josh Naylor, Franchy Cordero, and Travis Jankowski will all require playing time at Petco Park. Cordero is presently in Triple-A and looks fully healthy from an elbow injury that sidelined him early in the 2019 season. Jankowski is scheduled to go to Arizona this coming week and begin baseball activities after suffering a broken wrist in the spring. There is hope “Freddy” will be ready sometime around the All-Star break.
Josh Naylor has stepped in and played well in his time with the Padres. So well, that he has thrust his name into the outfield platoon. Currently, Myers, Renfroe, Reyes, Margot, and Naylor are rotating in the outfield. Both Franmil Reyes and Hunter Renfroe are having terrific offensive years so far and that further complicates the situation. They should both be in the lineup each day, but Andy Green is finding it impossible to accommodate each slugging outfielder.
Something has to give. A.J. Preller must make a move.
Alex Dickerson was DFA’d and dealt early this week to the San Francisco Giants for a minor league pitcher. That signifies the trading season has started for the Padres. The team has had two full months to evaluate talent and make assumptions on what needs to improve for the Padres. Yes, the team desires starting pitching. More specifically, top of the order veteran pitchers who can eat innings.
Currently, every member of the Padres rotation has some sort of innings limitation on them. The Padres will have a very hard time finding pitchers in August and September at the current pace they are on. The bullpen is also being damaged by the starting pitchers inability to go deep into games. This is a recipe that equals disaster. The Padres must address this issue, or it is going to be a long summer in San Diego. Dealing an outfielder to address this issue seems like the likely scenario.
Who will it be? There is no easy answer. We will have to wait and see what the Padres do in the coming weeks.
One thing we know for sure. Something must give with all the talent in the outfield.