Do San Diego Padres need to make a blockbuster trade this offseason

CHICAGO, IL - JULY 20: Kris Bryant #17 of the Chicago Cubs greets Willson Contreras #40 after they scored runs in the 1st inning against the New York Mets at Wrigley Field on July 20, 2016 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)
CHICAGO, IL - JULY 20: Kris Bryant #17 of the Chicago Cubs greets Willson Contreras #40 after they scored runs in the 1st inning against the New York Mets at Wrigley Field on July 20, 2016 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images) /
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Francisco  Lindor #12 of the Cleveland Indians. (Photo by Victor Decolongon/Getty Images)
Francisco  Lindor #12 of the Cleveland Indians. (Photo by Victor Decolongon/Getty Images) /

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.

Related Story. Top 5 trade targets. light

Now let’s consider who San Diego could trade for that would be considered a blockbuster.

There have already been a ton of rumors about Francisco Lindor, and even though I don’t think it makes much sense for San Diego to trade for him, that would certainly be 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.

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