While there is still time for a big move to happen this offseason, we look at 12 players the San Diego Padres could trade for during the 2020 season.
A.J. Preller has been busy on the trade market this offseason for the San Diego Padres and might not be finished just yet.
However, if things go as we hope during the 2020 season we could see another big move at the upcoming trade deadline.
Of course we never know exactly how a season is going to transpire — who will get hurt, what teams will fall out of the race early, and what players will become available.
But let’s assume that San Diego has the season we are all hoping for and they go into July with a winning record and are less than five games out of the NL West and the NL Wild Card.
Maybe the West doesn’t matter quite as much in this scenario, but we’re thinking optimistically.
At that point I think we see Preller get a little more aggressive in the trade market to give this team a real shot at making the postseason in 2020.
Let’s not forget, his job is on the line this season. He’s going to do whatever he can to make sure this team is competitive.
I’ve put together a list of 12 players who I think could be of interest during the season that we believe will be available.
A lot of these names we’ve discussed before, so I’ll go over them briefly.
The more I look at Archer’s numbers the more I get excited about the Padres possibly trading for him. For whatever reason, Pittsburgh is where good pitchers go to die.
I really think if you get him out of Pittsburgh and into a more pitcher-friendly park like Petco, we could see Archer become the top of the rotation pitcher he once was.
Walks and home runs were a big issue for Archer in 2019. But everything else was right on par with his career norms. As the Pirates start to rebuild, Archer could be the next one on the move.
It’s starting to look like the Colorado Rockies will at least go into 2020 looking to compete. But if that goes the way I’m expecting it to, they could be busy at the trade deadline as sellers.
Gray has two years of control left and has the ability to be a top of the rotation pitcher outside of Coors Field.