Padres Rumors: Interest in Gee and Hamels?
The San Diego Padres may not be quite done dealing yet. It appears that they will be looking for starter help. One name talked about they’ve been interested in before. One name they haven’t.
The name we all have heard all off-season long is Cole Hamels. However, there appears to be a twist to it. According to CBS Sports Jon Heyman, while talks may not be hot right now, they won’t include new Padre (and by now who isn’t new) Wil Myers
"Yet another rival exec suggested the Phillies are looking for a “huge” package in return for Hamels, to the point where that exec questioned whether Philly is committed to trading Hamels as they are telling teams they are, there is still good news for the Padres: trade scenarios most recently discussed with San Diego are said not to have included Wil Myers, one of the three big-time slugging outfielders San Diego already acquired and previously rumored to be involved in the Hamels talks.The more likely scenario would have San Diego sending a prospect package to Philly. The Padres have managed to keep most of their highest rated prospects even after all their many trades, with the top trio of outfielder Hunter Renfroe, pitcher Matt Wisler and catcher Austin Hedges seemingly on everyone’s wish list."
Another interesting nugget from the post, the Padres tried to get Ben Zobrist before he was sent to the A’s this past Saturday.
The new name we haven’t heard the Padres in on in the trade market is Mets’ right-hander Dillon Gee. According to Fox Sports Ken Rosenthal, the Padres are in on him too.
Gee struggled last season, going 7-8 with an ERA of 4.00 in 22 starts last season. He really struggled in the second half going 3-7 with an ERA of 5.10. Gee isn’t a hard thrower. His fastball averages 89 with his fastball.
He’s had good stretches in his career. From June-August of 2013, he went 7-3 with a 2.56 ERA. You can certainly compete with him as your fifth starter.
Will they get either of these guys? I don’t know, but it appears A.J. Preller isn’t done wheeling and dealing yet.