Now, if I were GM (Part 3)
Hey, we’re back. Considering neither of my first two deals have come to fruition — not that I ever envisioned they might, and that’s not really the point of this exercise — I’ve decided to press on, proposing another deal I think the Padres should consider.
Here’s what I’m thinking: The Florida Marlins are looking for a veteran catcher, having optioned Mike Rabelo back to Triple-A on Tuesday. This is a legitimate playoff contender that’s currently leaning on Matt Treanor as its starting catcher.
Hello, Michael Barrett.
Sure, Barrett isn’t playing especially well right now. But he’s a veteran catcher who could help the Marlins in their push toward the postseason. Plus, he’ll be a free agent after the season so there’s no long-term contractual ties there.
Given that Josh Bard is about the come off the disabled list, the Padres could afford to part with Barrett. The Marlins have prospects they can move in the right deal, which makes this potential deal enticing.
Well, for me at least.
I say the Padres ship Barrett to the Marlins for shortstop Robert Andino, who is playing at the Triple-A level in the Marlins system. Andino is 24, has a cannon for an arm and nowhere to go with Hanley Ramirez setting up shop in Florida for, say, the next decade or until the next fire sale.
Anyway, Andino hit .278 at the Triple-A level last season with 13 home runs, 50 RBI and 21 stolen bases. He only walked 40 times, which isn’t the Padre way, but the guy can swing it and, from what I’ve read, pick it as well.
This trade would allow the Padres to move Khalil Greene in the offseason, possibly to an American League team where he would certainly have more value.