Infield Solutions – Padres Could Trade with Cubs

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The biggest contract offered to Pablo Sandoval came not from the Boston Red Sox or from the division rival Giants, but the Padres, according to John Shea of the San Francisco Chronicle.  And yet, also according to Shea, he is still favoring signing with Boston.  One could argue that the Padres have a hole at every infield position, with a Grand Canyon-sized whole over at shortstop.  Previously, here at FriarsOnBase, it was argued that the Padres could trade for Cubs’ shortstop Starlin Castro.  It will be argued now that the Padres should trade for a top prospect in the Chicago organization. 

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The Cubs have a logjam in their infield.  Between top-rated prospects and players currently on the major league roster, Chicago has: two second basemen, three shortstops, and three third basemen.  I am just as sick of the Padres constantly rebuilding by trading away top players for prospects that never work out.  But keep in mind that all of the top prospects factored into those numbers are going to be in the big leagues this year.  The following slides will profile the players most worth trading for.