A mock trade
First, let me start by saying that a trade between these two teams seems unlikely.
After talking to the site expert at Yanks Go Yard, it sounds like they are still comfortable with the guys they have right now. And he didn’t view any of the Padres pitchers (I’m assuming after Paddack) as much of an upgrade over what they already have.
I tend to disagree with that last notion, but I can understand where he’s coming from. And if a trade is going to happen, it probably comes during the season once the Yankees see what they have internally.
But here is what I’m thinking as a trade that could work.
You could really swap Lamet for Lucchesi in here, but I think Lamet gives the Yankees more of an upside arm.
And I really like Lamet and don’t want to see the Padres trade him, but if the Padres feel like Gore and Patino are destined to backup Paddack at the top of the lineup at some point this season, then Lamet could become expendable.
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Some of this could depend on how the Padres view Michel Baez and Adrian Morejon going forward as well. If they still feel like they’re going to be mid-rotation starters, then again, you have the depth to part with someone like Lamet if it brings you back a long-term solution in center field.
And that gets into how you view Tauchman, which might be another full article.
Tauchman is a lefty bat who has a career OBP of .375 in the minors — granted most of that was accumulated in the hitter-friendly PCL with the Colorado Rockies.
Even in the big leagues he has a career OBP of .343 in 319 at-bats. And he’s capable of being a 20-20 player. That’s certainly the type of bat the Padres are looking for.
You have to keep in mind that Tauchman is 29 years old, so you wonder just how long he can be effective in center, which is where I envision him playing with the Padres.
If the Padres did give them Lamet, they’d need something more in return. I honestly don’t know the Yankees system very well, but I’d like someone in the back-half of their top 30 — most likely a starter or middle infielder with some upside.
The better deal to make is Quantrill straight up for Tauchman, but again, I’m not sure the Yankees would view Quantrill as much of an upgrade over what they have.
I think a deal could happen here, but it may be one that comes during the season once teams see how things shake out. Do you see the Yankees and Padres matching up in a trade? Let me know your thoughts in the comments below.