San Diego Padres: LAD Justin Turner Breaks Wrist; Pads Implications?

PEORIA, AZ - MARCH 05: Chase Headley
PEORIA, AZ - MARCH 05: Chase Headley /

Last night, the Dodgers’ third-baseman Justin Turner broke his wrist after being hit by a pitch. This could have effects on the San Diego Padres if AJ Preller should see fit to explore the possibilities of a trade.

I know this is a water-is-wet type of statement, but the San Diego Padres wouldn’t be doing their due-diligence if they didn’t reach out to their divisional rivals, the Los Angeles Dodgers, about possibly facilitating a trade to replace their team-leading hitter in 2017, Justin Turner.

Turner, a third-baseman by trade, broke his wrist after being hit by a pitch last night in a Cactus League game against the Oakland Athletics. Video courtesy of @RavineFiends (Twitter), and via Spectrum SportsNet LA.

The San Diego Padres just happen to have a logjam at third base this year and would be happy to rake the Dodgers over the coals for a viable replacement to a perennial top-five in the league hitter in Turner.

Logan Forsythe could easily move over until Turner returns, but that would kill the premise of this piece so let’s continue : )

San Diego Padres are playing with house money at this point

Not that the Friars could get that much back for Chase Headley if the Dodgers were interested, but in the big picture, the Pads are playing with house money at this point, concerning Headley.

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A brief history, if you will…

The team originally traded Headley to the Yankees in 2014 for Rafael De Paola (likely to begin 2018 in Double-A San Antonio) and Yangervis Solarte.

The Padres flipped Solarte this past offseason to the Toronto Blue Jays in exchange for Jared Carkuff and Edward Olivares, both minor leaguers as well.

The Padres then traded back for Chase Headley this past December, receiving Bryan Mitchell as well, and sending Jabari Blash back to the Yanks.

Blash was then DFA’d, traded to the Los Angeles Angels, and is hitting .094 in 21 at-bats this spring.

Mitchell is primed to begin the season in the Padres rotation, and Headley is presumably, holding a place until Christian Villanueva is ready for prime-time.

Flipping Headley now, for even a mid-level prospect or two, would be a cherry on top of the five-scoop sundae the San Diego Padres have already made for themselves by wheeling-and-dealing one of the best hitters in franchise history twice.

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Not only would they be making room or Villanueva, who’s been on fire this spring and seems as ready as he’s ever going to be, it will leave my pick for breakout Friar of the Year, Cory Spangenberg, on the roster.