A.J. Preller is a man on a mission.
His ultimate duty is to improve a franchise that has been neglected for a long time. He is well on his way to accomplishing his mission as the Padres’ farm system is one of the best in all of baseball. The team also has some decent young major league talent, and reportedly also has money to spend.
Things are about to get very interesting in Padreland.
Currently, the team is attempting to iron out a contract with Eric Hosmer, which would surely be the richest in the team’s history. The Hosmer talk continues as the Padres attempt to be competitive and make their mark in the National League West.
A report came out on Wednesday that the Padres are actively shopping and in negotiations with a few teams for the services of Chase Headley and Yangervis Solarte. Headley was just acquired yesterday by the team, but immediately was told by the Padres G.M. that he could be moved once again and to stay prepared.
Chase Headley is 33 and making $13 million this season in the last year of his contract. Yangervis Solarte is 30 years old and due $4.125 million this season with two friendly team options ($5.5 million 2019/$8 million 2020) after that. Solarte arguably has more value because of his age and his versatility in the infield.
Nothing seems imminent, but the team will probably have to pull a trade eventually as there simply isn’t any room for all the talent.
— FanRag Sports (@FanRagSports) December 13, 2017
Here are some teams to keep an eye on as the Padres search for trade partners:
Los Angeles Angels
It is not a secret that the Angels need infield help (well, they did). They also need left-handed bats in their predominately right-handed lineup. Both Solarte and Headley make sense, but Yangervis has the ability to play second, though the team just acquired Ian Kinsler. Solarte is also under team control, while Headley is gone after the year. In recent days the Angels acquired Zack Cozart, so their interest in a third baseman appears to be over.
New York Mets
The Mets have been linked to Todd Frazier and other third base options on the free agent market. Could they be interested in Headley or Solarte? Matt Harvey is reportedly being shopped in his last year before free agency. He would be an interesting option for the Friars as they could view him as an excellent flip candidate after a half a season in Petco.
Kansas City Royals
With Mike Moustakas, Lorenzo Cain, and Eric Hosmer about to walk, the Royals need offensive help. I can see Headley as a decent option for them until they can figure out their corner infield future. 2018 will be rough for Royals fans, but the team will attempt to field some veteran players with the goal to be competitive.
The A’s could use the versatility of Solarte in the infield. Marcus Semien makes sense for the Padres, as the A’s have a young shortstop (Franklin Barreto) ready for service time. Semien has power and could be a great stopgap until the kids in the minors are ready for action.
The Pirates are on the verge of breaking down their team. With Andrew McCutchen due for free agency after the 2018 season, the Pirates are preparing themselves for a transition period. With David Freese at third base, Pittsburgh could use an option there. This is a dark horse team for Headley or Solarte, but worth monitoring.
San Francisco Giants
It would be very difficult to trade within the division, but the Giants need a third baseman. Pablo Sandoval is penciled in there at the moment and that is a very risky option for a team that looks to compete in 2018. Headley makes sense for San Francisco, but the Giants’ farm system is pretty weak and they will likely not want to part with major league talent.
They are known to be on the lookout for third base help. Solarte and Headley would both make sense for the Braves, but what do they have to offer? The Padres could ask for Ozzie Albies, a young, phenomenal shortstop who is penciled in to play second for the Braves. But that would be a hard sell for the Braves. They would want more. Still, the two sides do match up and Preller has already pulled multiple deals with Atlanta.