It was very difficult making this list, as the Padres are still in the process of stock-piling prospects for the coming-out party in a few years.
Even though the team wants to collect all the young players they can, the Padres will not be opposed to moving a few of them in a trade that makes sense.
Enyel De Los Santos being moved to the Phillies for one year of Freddy Galvis is proof of that. Though the team will probably not compete in 2018 for a playoff spot, they are slowly transitioning towards a competitive ball club. It will take time and it is a slow process, but the bus has been turned around and the franchise is finally headed in the correct direction.
The following six come to mind as players that could be dealt.
Naylor is an obvious choice here as the Padres are committed to Wil Myers at first and are also presently flirting with Eric Hosmer. He was acquired from the Marlins and has advanced through the Padre system relatively well for his age. At 20, he is still very young. Naylor struggled a bit in Double-A, but still held his own with the bat hitting .250 in 156 at bats. The first baseman has some conditioning issues, but is an excellent athlete and NOT a below average runner. Naylor has some value and could be an intriguing DH option for an American League team. He could possibly fit with an NL team as well, depending if they have a first base opening or not.
The left-handed hitting Allen produced a .849 OPS last year in Lake Elsinore. He slugged 22 homers and hit .283 for the Storm. Excellent numbers for a catcher, but he continues to worry scouts with his inability to catch-and-throw. The left-handed hitter has legit power and a very nice hit tool, but might have to move off the catching position. He has value for an AL team long-term, as he would be an awesome DH. Allen is 23 and has yet to play in Double-A, so his value isn’t exactly sky-high right now. With Hedges on the team and Campusano, Homza and Hunt drafted this season, Allen is expendable behind the plate in the right deal.
I absolute hate having him on this list, but hear me out. In a draft that brought the Padres Cal Quantrill and Eric Lauer, Lucchesi has outperformed them so far. His value is tremendous right now and one could argue that he has passed Lauer and maybe Quantrill in terms of worth. Luchessi is older than the two other hurlers and perhaps his extra year of knowledge is what is making him shine so brightly. There are so many potential names for the Padres to have in their starting rotation in the future. If Preller feels that Lucchesi’s value is a bit over inflated, he could be shipped off in a deal that makes sense for the Friars. I’m just throwing it out there.
I don’t know if a team would want to take on a pitcher with an arm injury, but Espinoza’s value will never be any lower than it is now. He is still only 19 and, if healthy, would be in the argument for the Padres top prospect. I still feel like the Padres have long-term plans for Espinoza, but if a deal comes along that cannot be passed up then he most certainly could be made available. He will miss most if not all of 2018 recovering from Tommy John surgery.
Tools. Tools. Tools. Gettys is blessed in so many aspects of the game. He has light-tower home run power, runs like a gazelle in the outfield and has a cannon for an arm. He also has a horribly bad approach at the plate and needs to change virtually everything about his swing. Gettys is 22 and could still turn into a viable major leaguer in time. He has many issues though. However, his five-tool ability is very appealing to scouts. With so many youngsters coming up around him, Gettys could be a decent selection for a team looking for a project and a player the Padres could very easily move on from.
As the Hosmer talks heat up, players like Jose Pirela, Alex Dickerson and Travis Jankowski are directly hurt. Manuel Margot and Hunter Renfroe will play every day for the Padres. If the team signs Hosmer, Myers goes to left and there goes the lion share of the playing time. Franchy Cordero is an interesting player. The 23-year-old former shortstop has made the move to the outfield successfully. He has a plus left-handed power stroke and excellent speed. He has done virtually all you can do at the minor league level and is ready for major league service time now. If Hosmer is added, Cordero will be shopped. His value is decent right now and a re-building team (without a crowded outfield) could surely give him at bats on a daily basis.