Taylor Trammell profiles as a true center fielder, assuming his arm strength develops as he continues to mature physically. If not, he could slide over one of the corner outfield spots. He came over in the three-team deal that centered around Trevor Bauer last year and could be a long-term replacement after Jackie Bradley Jr. walks in free agency.
Trammell is expected to see the big leagues this season, and his upside is tremendous. He slashed a combined .234/.340/.349 line with ten home runs and 43 RBI in 126 games at the Double-A level last year, but the bat should come along as he fills out.
I have the Padres acquiring Michael Chavis straight-up in this trade. Baseball Trade Value gives a slight edge to the Red Sox, but similar to the previous trade, Chavis could fill a long-term need at second base. Right now, it’s a three-way battle for the starting position among Brian Dozier, Jurickson Profar, and Greg Garcia.
Dozier was brought in just a couple of days ago, which tells me that General Manager AJ Preller isn’t satisfied with his options at second. Chavis isn’t the best defender at second base, logging a .975 fielding percentage in 360.0 innings, but he’s not going to have an immediate opportunity to play at his natural position at first base.
Still, you have to like what he offers offensively, slashing .254/.322/.444 with 18 home runs and 58 RBI in 95 games with the Red Sox last year. Chavis is under contract the through the 2024 season, which could see a potential shift to first base if the Padres were to decline Eric Hosmer’s player options starting in 2023.