This name probably won’t excite a lot of you, but Samardzija was really good last year; although his 4.59 FIP suggest that it was a little lucky.
But the guy does eat innings and could help take some pressure off a young rotation as you try to save them some innings down the stretch.
I mentioned Bauer as someone the Padres might target in free agency next offseason. But don’t be surprised if he gets dangled around the trade deadline.
Now, I fully expect the Cincinnati Reds to be in contention this season, so Bauer might not even become available. If something goes wrong or they’re not as good as they thought they might be, it wouldn’t be surprising to see the Reds try to get something for him before he becomes a free agent.
The Mets are another team that is seemingly going for it in 2020, but if things don’t work out they could have a lot of trade chips at the deadline.
I grouped Stroman and Syndergaard together, but Syndergaard has two years of control left (or a year-and-a-half by the time of the deadline).
Both have top of the rotation stuff, and we know the Padres have had interest in Syndergaard in the past.