If you’ve been following along in our Mock Winter Meetings, then you know that I made a trade with the Texas Rangers for Nomar Mazara.
I made that trade before later trading for David Peralta. Had I known that was going to happen, I may not have traded for Mazara also.
But I still think Mazara is a possible trade target for the Padres. He’s a big left-handed bat who you could platoon with Hunter Renfroe in right field.
Mazara is under team control for two more seasons through arbitration and is projected to make $5.7 million in 2020.
Over his career he’s hit .271 against righties with a .337 OBP, very similar to Josh Reddick.
Mike Minor is a name that will get thrown around a lot this offseason, but I kind of doubt the Rangers will trade him away this offseason.
Maybe they deal him during the season once they’re out of it, but it wouldn’t make sense to trade your best starting pitcher when you’re trying to excite your fanbase about a new stadium.
However, if Minor were to become available, the Padres should certainly check in on him.
Somehow Shin-Soo Choo keeps putting together quietly good seasons as he’s been a 2 WAR player the past two years.
He’ll play next year at 37 and is owed $21 million, so he’s not likely a target for the Padres, but I just wanted to point out that he’s still around and playing good baseball.