Just in time for the end of the season, here’s another reference article for the San Diego Padres in regards to their tradable assets.
What could this team afford to lose to improve the team for a playoff push or the push for 2020? Let’s take a look.
This article will start with a negative asset.
Now, this is the very definition of selling low. Here you have a player with a gigantic contract that is having a career-low year and has stayed healthy all season. The defense has dropped off, power numbers have dropped, all while strikeouts have increased. There isn’t a single team that would call up A.J. and ask what he would want for Wil Myers. Instead, it’ll have to be A.J. forcing him into another trade.
He would likely have to offset him with either a better player or prospect from the original deal or have to take on an equally bad contract in return. It may just be better to keep Myers and try to turn him around a bit in the offseason. He’s owed over $60 million for the next three years. However, a change of scenery onto a team that will consistently play him in the same position may be able to get the most out of him. Myers has come on strong in the last month, but has he salvaged enough of his trade value to be moved pain-free from the team?
Josh Naylor hasn’t made the most of his callup. He’s shown flashes of a great left-handed power hitter but hasn’t been consistent. He’s a partial liability in the outfield. Naylor has a plus arm but is very inexperienced when it comes to tracking the ball. Standard roster construction usually includes two players that can play centerfield. The Padres would be much better off moving Naylor and making room for Travis Jankowski. With Naylor in a package deal, you could get a good return.
Padres fans love Kirby Yates and don’t want to get rid of him. However, teams are prone to overpaying for closers at the deadline. Andres Munoz has looked great; Trey Wingenter has looked good at times. The Padres have at least one future closer on this roster. Yates would be a great asset to have when the Padres make a run next year and the year after. However, he’s 32, replaceable, and extremely valuable. His return via trade will likely never be higher than it is now.
Austin Allen has been used a couple of times this year, so he does fit a need. However, he’s excess, and there are better catching prospects in the pipeline. He’s valued as a backup catcher with the prospect of developing into an everyday big leaguer. Left-handed catchers that can hit have some real value.
Cal Quantrill, Eric Lauer, Joey Lucchesi
These are some of the top assets that the Padres could survive without. There is no rush to move any of them. However, there’s undoubtedly going to be a log jam at starting pitcher next year and beyond. Some might be transferred to the bullpen, but the Padres could also move one or two in a package deal. All have had dominate games, and all have had bad outings. Each pitcher has multiple years of control, and none are considered the Padres “top prospects.” Each player would improve many rotations around the league. The value of each is still high, and would likely need to be included for a top of the rotation pitcher.
Ty France looked decent in his limited time in the big leagues. He showed a much better glove than was projected in his scouting report. The infielder can even play a decent second base. France raked at Triple-A El Paso, and his numbers could catch the eye of opposing GM’s. He is an intriguing trade option.
The Padres farm system is as deep as they come. Some players are considered untouchable, mainly MacKenzie Gore, Taylor Trammel, and Luis Patino. However, there are other players like Michel Baez or Gabriel Arias that may be regarded as surplus. Here is a list of players that should have at least decent value and could be traded:
The above players have all seen the big league club. These other players listed below Have not yet been called up to the majors.
Ryan Weathers- LHP
Esteuary Ruiz- 2B
Xavier Edwards- INF
Hudson Potts- 3B
Buddy Reed- OF
Tirso Ornelas- OF
Edward Oliveras- OF
There are so many of them, and a lot of them garnered All-Star considerations in their respective leagues. These prospects would improve any team’s farm system. The Padres could lose a few of them and still have a top farm system in the game. These men could be used to entice a G.M. into giving up a prized asset. A.J. Preller could quickly sell the farm and solve any problems on the roster.
However, they should stay the course. The Padres and their fans want to be competing for the World Series for the next decade or so. A great farm system will be a massive part of that. The Padres shouldn’t go all in for one or two years but could package a few players together to make an upgrade or two. They could also trade away a couple of poor contracts.
All in all, the Padres do have a few needs that may be addressed this winter. Several valuable trade pieces could be used to acquire them. Or they could just stay where they are and let those young prospects develop in the coming season.