Padres will buy … and potentially sell
The surprising San Diego Padres have spent nearly every day atop the
National League West Division.
They have designs on remaining
there, which means they’re considering adding pieces to their 25-man
roster in advance of the July 31 non-waiver trade deadline.
owner Jeff Moorad has said the team will consider adding payroll to
make a move. And last week, general manager Jed Hoyer, said they team is
looking at offensive additions as well as adding a starting pitcher.
don’t feel like you’re ever all set,” Hoyer said. “I think we’re
looking on both sides [pitching and offense].”
Like any other
team, the Padres aren’t especially excited about parting with prospect
to make improvements to their current roster. That said, they might be
forced to part with some of their pitching depth to do so.
another starting pitcher makes sense for the Padres. Kevin Correia is
struggling. Chris Young, expected to be a key piece to the rotation, has
pitched once (in April, no less) and might be a long shot to return
Then there’s this: All-Star closer Heath Bell, who
makes $4 million and will be arbitration eligible again, could be a
piece the team could move. As reluctant as the Padres might be to break
up their dynamic 7-8-9 bullpen trio (Luke Gregerson, Mike Adams and Bell)
they could potentially land add a package of prospect/Major League ready
players for Bell’s services.
In other words, stay tuned. It
could be an interesting month in San Diego.
— Corey Brock