Trade Winds to Start Blowing Soon for Padres

Credit: USA Today Sports

Credit: USA Today Sports

The San Diego Padres are in rare position that they might both buy and sell at the trade deadline, which is roughly two weeks away.

A.J. Preller is a savvy general manager who prefers to maximize players value when it’s inflated. If there are players on the team that he feels can be moved for a better investment, then he will not hesitate to pull the trigger. Nor should he. The Padres need not be picky at this point.

When you factor in that the team needs 40-man roster space. Trades are surely going to happen at some point. There are several young players that need to be protected this winter from the Rule-5 draft, so the Padres could be motivated to sell off veteran players.

Expect the team to package players together similar to when they dealt Ryan Buchter, Brandon Maurer and Trevor Cahill to the Royals for Travis Wood, Esteury Ruiz and Matt Strahm. Strahm and Ruiz did not require 40-man spots, so the team gained two openings.

Jose Pirela might not be the most appealing of players to Padre fans, but to a playoff team he could be viewed as serviceable. He can play five different positions on the diamond. If you package him with a reliever who has plenty of value, a deal could be made. The Padres do have several relief pitchers who will be of interest to contending teams.

Despite the recent struggles of Brad Hand, he will still be of interest to other teams. The Padres sole representative in this year’s MLB All-Star game has a tremendous slider and is under team control for two or three years. The Padres do not need to necessarily deal the lefty, but they will surely listen to all offers.

Kirby Yates and Craig Stammen will also be of interest to teams looking to bolster their bullpen.

Then there is the outfield. Nobody knows what the team will do in that regard, but Wil Myers, Manuel Margot, Travis Jankowski, Hunter Renfroe and Franmil Reyes will all be looking for playing time the rest of the season. The Padres could choose to move an outfielder to help thin out the 40-man log jam.

The Padres have a very deep system right now. One of the deepest in all of major league baseball. Do not be surprised if they also potentially deal some of them in a deal for a young major league type player who is under team control for a few seasons. A starting pitcher could be of interest here as the Padres look to deepen their staff for the 2019 season and beyond.

A.J. Preller and his staff are busy this time of year. There is a lot to do. The Padres will be rumored in a few moves here and there in the coming weeks. They might even pull off a few trades. One thing is for certain. The trade winds are surely blowing into San Diego.

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Padre Paul
Padre Paul
3 years ago

I keep reading that we should be ready to contend in a couple of years and that few players on the roster now will be here then. The only way to contend is to have a completely different roster. Few, if any, “stars” on the Padres now deserve to be on a championship team

Kramerica Industries
Kramerica Industries
3 years ago

It will be interesting to see what Preller does . This season has been a disaster in that the team has regressed from last year. I’m not sure how Preller fixes this mess as only Hand, Yates, and Stammen have significant value. Ross may get you a low-level prospect, but no position players other than Myers are going to be desirable. This team has a lot of dead weight (Spangenberg, Asuaje, Pirela, Jankowski) and I’m not sure how Preller fixes that without just releasing players. Also, the OF and 3B is a mess. I’m not sure why they recalled Reyes… Read more »

Tanned Tom
Tanned Tom
3 years ago

You are right. Team has worst W-L record in the NL, 2nd worst run differential. They suck. This trading season, and the coming off season need to be a period of whirlwind activity. Keep: Margot, Hedges, Lucchesi, Lauer, Perdomo, Cordero. Trade: Hand, Ross, Yates, Stammen, Myers (paying part of his salary), and Hosmer (probably not possible, but it’s better to recognize a mistake as soon as one can). Whatever: Renfroe, Reyes, Galvis. Non-tender, DFA, or trade: just about everyone else off the 25 man roster. A cardinal error for a rebuilding team to make is to waste a roster spot… Read more »

Roddy Reta
Roddy Reta
3 years ago

Pirela has a -.5 fWAR, which makes him the 2nd worst player on the team after Bryan Mitchell. Let’s not kid ourselves — nobody will trade anything of value for him. Better to send him down to El Paso and see if he can regain his hitting skills down there.

Mark
Mark
3 years ago
Reply to  Roddy Reta

You are spot on about Pirela….and his actual value.

B-rad
B-rad
3 years ago

Meant to include another prospect. Id add Gettys

Tommy T
Tommy T
3 years ago

Maybe Myers stays unrealistically hot for the next couple of weeks and then perhaps he could be moved with the Padres only having to pay $20 to $40 million of his salary. Hopefully one or more teams are needy in the bullpen and give great value for Hand and/or Yates. It was nice to see Ross bounce back, hopefully he can be valuable … hopefully he can enjoy a pennant race.

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