The first type of trade that could make sense is a trade where the Padres and Red Sox swap bad contracts.
San Diego is set to pay Wil Myers $22.5 million over the next three seasons and is desperately looking to move that contract.
A straight-up trade for Price would save the Red Sox $28.5 million over the next three seasons, or $9.5 million each of the next three seasons.
On the flip side, the Padres would be taking on that extra $9.5 million each of the next three seasons.
And I really don’t see that happening when they’re likely already maxed out on payroll.
Maybe you can get the Red Sox to throw in some money to help offset some of the costs, or a solid prospect, but that still seems like a backwards move for the Padres even if you get a 2 WAR player in Price for the next three years.
Another possibility is a trade where you get the Red Sox to attach a couple of prospects with Price in order to move his contract.
Not sure exactly what prospects the Padres would want, but this deal makes some sense.
The Padres get a veteran frontline starter and a couple of prospects with upside, as well as a little cash. And the Red Sox get a back-up for Christian Vazquez at catcher.