With plenty of players that will demand some trade interest, the San Diego Padres need to be careful with trade temptations this winter.
The San Diego Padres have drafted and cultivated some pretty respectable young players but these men have enjoyed success in another uniform, after leaving America’s Finest City. That is a sad reality. A very tough pill to swallow for some Padre fans.
With the end of the 2018 season near, the Padres are once again at a point where the team could deal some young homegrown players in an effort to compete sooner rather than later.
Austin Hedges, Hunter Renfroe, Franmil Reyes, and Cory Spangenberg are players that grew up in the system and could be made available at some point this winter by A.J. Preller. It all really depends on if another GM meets the asking price the Padres have for each young player. Anything can truly happen.
Then there are the numerous prospects who could be made available by the team in their search for quality players that have a major league track record. The Padres could deal a young player thinking his value is overinflated. Corey Kluber was deal for Ryan Ludwick when he was only in the lower levels of the minors for the Padres. Their assessment of him was clearly wrong. The team cannot make that same mistake again.
We are at a time in Padres history where there is a fork in the road.
Will the team make the continued conscious effort to build the farm and produce talent year after year? Or will they attempt to rush things by acquiring a player who is overvalued and paying him for what he has done, not what he will do for the team in the future? Padres fans can be thankful that the team did not pull the trigger on a potential Chris Archer deal this summer, as the asking price would have easily outweighed what you are going to get from the aging ace pitcher. The Pirates paid that price and had almost immediate remorse.
The Padres do not have to make a deal, but that does not mean they won’t. They have valuable players that should be of great interest to a few teams around the league. Can they resist the temptation to hold out for more value? In my view, the team will indeed be patient in any potential trade. Preller and his staff held out for a huge haul for Brad Hand and they got it in Francisco Mejia. There is no need to rush.
As this baseball season ends, there will be huge questions for the Padres baseball operations staff. Evaluating players is no exact science. Information must be gathered and one way or another the team must make the correct judgments. This Padres franchise is eager for success. The ball is in their court.