The Padres Should Be Active in Trade Market Soon

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The San Diego Padres should very well be active in the trade market very soon.

At first, I thought about titling this piece “The Padres Will Be Active on Trade Market Soon”. I had a change of heart because there is only one thing you can predict about this Padres’ regime: They go to the beat of their own drum. As soon as you think you can predict what they are up to, they do the exact opposite. When you zig, they zag. That is just how A.J. Preller wants it.

The Padres have plenty of veteran-type players that would be of interest to teams in contention this season. Pitching, in particular, is what the Padres could help teams with. This current Padres’ squad isn’t deep in arms, but they do have Tyson Ross as a starting pitcher and several arms in the pen that have been effective and could be useful.

What the Padres might be doing in potentially dealing some of these arms, is trying to open up space on the 40-man roster. There are several young players that are on the cusp of being ready for major league service time and they need room on the roster to bring them up. Also, this winter, the team will need to protect several young names in the 2019 Rule-5 Draft.

The Friars should be movers and shakers soon. When Wil Myers and Hunter Renfroe both return from the D.L., something will need to be done. The outfield situation is crowded and there is no easy answer for who will get playing time. You have to figure the Padres are in a mode to deal.

Let’s briefly review some names, as the trade season is set to begin later this month:

Tyson Ross

This is probably the most likely player to be moved, as he is a free agent at the end of the year. The Padres can expect to fetch a middle-tier prospect for Ross and that should be more than enough to get a deal done. The Padres could get creative and package Ross for multiple players, but we will have to wait and see.

Brad Hand

With more than 2 1/2 years of control on Hand, the Padres are certainly in no rush to move the closer. Hand’s value is arguable at its highest right now because of all that team control. The Padres might be tempted to shop him as the trade deadline nears. A left-handed pitcher with a slider of his caliber is extremely valuable, so the Padres could certainly get a decent offer worth pondering. There will surely by Hand rumors in the near future.

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Craig Stammen

With a year and a half of service time left on his contract, Stammen could also be viewed as an attractive trade chip. The right-handed reliever has thrown well this year for the Padres and would be a great addition for any team with playoff aspirations. Expect to see him shopped by the team.

Kirby Yates

Yates is not a free agent until after the 2020 season. The 31-year-old has been solid this 2018 season and the team might be tempted to cash out on the reliever. Being that he is under team control for such a long time, the Padres might also choose to consider keeping him to provide a veteran presence in the bullpen.

Carlos Asuaje

The Padres are reportedly sending him to Triple-A with the idea that he works on playing third base and shortstop. The Padres like Asuaje and probably envision him as a utility player. He could re-emerge with the team in 2018, or the team could package him in a trade to a contender looking for infield help.

Cory Spangenberg

Another player who has great versatility is Spangenberg. He can play four or five positions on the diamond and has left-handed power with speed. He strikes out too much and fails to do the little things that a player of his skill should do, but he has some value. The team could package him with a reliever to a playoff contending team. Anything can happen.

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Travis Jankowski

I know, I know. He is playing out of his mind right now and has shown the ability to be a true leadoff-type hitter in the majors. Jankowski is not young and the analytical numbers suggest his hot start is a fluke (sorry). The Padres could choose to deal Jank as he clearly is not in their future plans. With Myers, Margot, and Cordero on the team, Jankowski will struggle to get playing time moving forward. His value is minimal at best right now though.

Hunter Renfroe

He is back and playing in El Paso and looks to be nearly 100 percent after an elbow issue. Renfroe has ridiculous power, but his lack of plate discipline has clearly upset the Padres. He could be shopped, but the return is really unknown. The outfield is crowded right now and some key decisions have to be made.

These are just some of the names that could be dangled by the Padres as they search for more talent for the future. The Padres also have a very deep farm system, so there is a slight chance that they move a prospect or two in order to get exactly what they want in a potential trade. Preller is very savvy and will wait it out to get a deal that he views as productive for the team. This could be an interesting 2018 season as this team formulates a plan back to relevancy.

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  1. I agree they should shop Ross, with his injury history they should sell before anything happens. Stammen, okay though the return is unlikely to be very interesting, I’m fine with keeping him. Spangenberg, yeah with Urias getting closer it makes sense, but again for minimal return.
    They should prioritize dealing players who are so what performers, but still might have trad value, can’t let those guys block prospects. This means trading Myers if at all feasible. His acquisition was a mistake, and the extension was doubling down on the error. Next would be Richard, a good guy and not a terrible pitcher, but not part of the 2020 solution. And Pirela should go, his glove just won’t allow him to play everyday, he seems a natural AL-er to me.

  2. That firery vet you seek is now Toronto’s favorite.
    We had him too….to trade or not to trade. U never know.

  3. The Padres can’t play this game like last year, while they don’t have to take a bad deal or something they need to make trades. They can’t afford to pull a Chacin or a Ross and not trade players because they’re stubborn about the perfect trade. They have pieces that need to be cleared out as you have good players coming behind them; Asuaje/Spangenberg (keep whomever you value) for Urias, Renfroe ideally for Cordero to have a clear path, Ross for any pitchers you may want to bring up and test, Hand and other bullpen pieces for the great group you have in ELP/SA.

    Make the deals and clear the decks

  4. No more prospects! We have already created a logjam of outfielders, and we have enough in the pipeline through the last few drafts.

    We need to package our known assets with some of the AAAA players Paul Jeffrey talked about and get some real, young MLB talent. If noone wants guys like Asuaje, Pirela, Spangy or Jank then package them with Hand or Ross to get a quality player in return.

    We need to do some 2 for 1 or 3 for 1 deals to clear space on the 40-man.

    This being said I have ZERO faith in Preller. After all this is a the same guy that inked the 2 biggest contracts in franchise history the last two years, only problem? They both play the same position. LOL

    1. Go ez on prell-man. Myers can dh, or get less bored. Package Myers, if any one wants that contract that is HEAVILY back ended, starting n.y.

  5. Forget prospects, we seem to have the most AAAA players in the world on this organization. I know everyone is having fun with trade ideas but I would like to see an established major leaguer come to us via trade. He doesn’t have to be a star, but someone solid offensively and defensively and who will be here in 3-4 years. There seems to be a carousel in both the outfield and infield and no one is stepping up to seize their position, or place in the lineup. With the massive consistency gaps in fielding and hitting, I would hope their are strongly considering a mainstay. Although the Padres teams in the 2000’s weren’t always show-stoppers, they had several names who came in and played well and were natural leaders, either by reputation or example. The Padres teams under Preller are so poorly constructed that I am now longing for guys like Reggie Sanders, Phil Nevin, Mike Piazza, hell… even Ryan Klesko and Brian Giles.

    Where are these types of players in this organization? Every winning team has effective role players. We have 8-10 guys who sort of, kind of belong here.

    1. He said ‘sort of belong here’
      ? so you only mentioned fielders …..no pitchers to inspire? Jyw, preller will pull this off, and in short order. Besides, Green would go first.

  6. Ideally, Ross and Hand should be packaged together for a high-ceiling prospect. Yankees would love to have both of them, it seems like a deal could be made with their deep farm. Cashman also owes us one after we took Headley off their hands.

    Sadly, I don’t think Spangy and Asuaje have much value at all. Maybe the return we got for Schimpf — a minor league depth piece. They are most likely DFA candidates, since we need to open space on the 40 man at the end of the season.

    I think we should hold onto Renfroe and Jankowski as fourth outfielders.

    1. Ideally, Ross is extended for two years until the top echelon prospects are ready. Hand has already been extended on a team-friendly deal that extends into the Padres contention period. Neither should be traded, for prospects or even MLB ready players.

      The list of trades candidates just happens to be the Padres best veteran pitcher, its closer and both setup men. What kind of improvement of the major league club does THAT accomplish? I know, the trade deadline is for speculative articles, but at least make them reasonable. Preller knows by now mid-season trades don’t build teams, off-season trades do. Don’t expect much of anything to happen at the deadline.

      1. Exactly. Keep the good players, trade the rest. Problem is with Ross’ contract and injury history he will be shopped. There will be a lot of activity for the club, whether that translates into trades is another matter.

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