We continue our division-by-division break down of trade targets for the San Diego Padres. This time we focus on the AL East.
The AL East is one of the most competitive divisions in all of baseball, and that’s where we’ll look for the San Diego Padres to make some offseason upgrades.
In case you haven’t been following along, here are links to the other divisions:
As I mentioned, the AL East is always full of good teams looking to make the playoffs. The Boston Red Sox just won a World Seris and are never really looking to rebuild — although they could be looking to unload some big contracts this offseason.
Meanwhile, the New York Yankees and Tampa Bay Rays both made the postseason in 2019 and will be looking to do the same in 2020.
The Toronto Blue Jays and Baltimore Orioles are in obvious rebuilds and could be a good match for the Padres to trade with.
I don’t see many fits for the Padres with the Rays, but I as wrote in another article this week, they could be looking for a catcher.
While we’ve mainly been focused on deals to make the Padres better for 2020 in this series, they could look to trade Hedges to Tampa Bay for a prospect.
It’s really hard to see the Rays parting with anyone on their Major League roster as they try to make the playoffs again in 2020.
Maybe if they find themselves out of the race and they’re sellers at the trade deadline, Charlie Morton would be a good target.
And I like Kevin Kiermaier defensively, but his offense doesn’t warrant the contract they gave him.