Padres Considered Making A Trade That Would Have “Blown The Socks Off”of People


"“That said, 10 days ago there was a trade we looked at and if (general manager Josh Byrnes) wanted to do it, it would have blown the socks off people in this room,” Ron Fowler, Padres co-owner said."

This is the eye-popping quote that caught all of my attention when I read Jay Paris’ latest article in the U-T San Diego.

Like most fans, I have been pretty frustrated with how the Padres’ off-season has played out so far. I want the Padres to  make a move, any move really that will upgrade the current roster and make me happy again. There are still some holes to be filled: starting pitching, right field, and relief pitching could all use an upgrade.

Aug 29, 2012; San Diego, CA, USA; The new ownership group of the San Diego Padres (from left to right) Kevin O

Last week, it came out the Padres and Arizona Diamondbacks had at one-point during last season, discussions about a Chase HeadleyJustin Upton swat. Then it came out that the Miami Marlins would consider trading Giancarlo Stanton, if the right deal presented itself. This had almost every Friar fan clamoring for the young outfielder.

Even though Padres general manager Josh Byrnes didn’t pull the trigger on a trade that would have “blown the socks off” people, I still would love to know what that trade would have been. Was Upton or Stanton that player that would have “blown the socks off” of us? or was it Justin Verlander or Stephen Strasburg?Either way, a trade didn’t happen so it doesn’t really matter.

I really don’t know how true Fowler’s quote is but if it does have any validity, it is nice to know the Padres would be willing to add payroll for a big named player or even consider trading quality prospects.

I just hope that trade that would have blown our socks off didn’t involve cash-considerations or the famous a player to be named later.