Where is the blockbuster
In order for a deal to be a blockbuster, in my opinion, there has to be a top 50 player involved and a top five team prospect going back in return.
Something like we saw at the past trade deadline when Zack Greinke was traded to the Houston Astros.
I already gave you my top 5 trade candidates for the Padres the rest of this offseason, but none of those are blockbuster candidates.
Now let’s consider who San Diego could trade for that would be considered a blockbuster.
A Kris Bryant trade would be huge. There hasn’t been much — or any talk — about the Padres having interest, but if Bryant has two years left he could make sense in the outfield.
Another Cubs player, Willson Contreras, has been mentioned with the Padres and that would certainly be a blockbuster as he’s one of the best catchers in the game.
The Padres could use an upgrade in center field and Mookie Betts is apparently available, but that deal makes no sense to me unless you can negotiate an extension as part of the deal as he’s a free agent after 2020.
Mike Clevinger would be a blockbuster in my mind and would be the best move San Diego could make to solidify the top of the rotation.
There may be others become available, but going off MLB Trade Rumors list of the top trade targets, those are the players San Diego could trade for that would be considered a blockbuster.