The 2018 MLB trade deadline has passed with the San Diego Padres standing firm.
Put all the rumors to bed. Chris Archer isn’t coming to San Diego. Kirby Yates, Craig Stammen, and Tyson Ross are all staying in a Padres uniform. Not a single prospect is leaving the system. The 2018 MLB trade deadline has come and gone and the San Diego Padres stayed firm.
The biggest win of this trade deadline was the Chris Archer non-trade. As San Diego Union-Tribune beat writer Kevin Acee pointed out in his recent post, the Tampa Bay Rays wanted Austin Hedges, Hunter Renfroe, and prospect pitchers Chris Paddack and Luis Patino. Thank you, A.J. Preller, for not making that move.
Keeping all of their top prospects shows that this team is trusting the process and believes in the talent the organization has. If the Padres were close to competing, then the trade would have made sense, however, this team continues to regress as the season goes along.
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Surprisingly, a few names remain on the team. It seemed as if either Kirby Yates or Craig Stammen were sure to be moved (if not both) but it appears as if the high asking price was not met. No reason to lower your price for guys who aren’t on expiring contracts. If both, especially Yates, open up the 2019 season with impressive numbers, their trade value should remain about the same next season.
The one name that is the most surprising is Tyson Ross. A disastrous month of July probably didn’t help his trade value, however, I’m not sure where Ross fits in with the team next season. With so many arms in AAA and AA knocking on the door for their major league tryout, Ross is only blocking younger arms.
At the end of the day, none of the top prospects were traded. Fans will continue to sit back and see if these young players are the answer. This has been a tough season for fans, seemingly every year is but this year was supposed to show progress. Don’t let that discourage you.
What do you think, Padres fans? Should they have been more active at the deadline? Are you happy they stood firm and didn’t make any big splashes?