Padres: Three closers San Diego could trade for not named Josh Hader

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Padres could turn to a more cost-effective option in Archie Bradley

If the Padres aren’t looking to add a lot in terms of payroll – or are concerned with coming off even remotely solid young talent, former first-rounder Archie Bradley could be a fit in the late innings.

Last year, Bradley came to Cincinnati mid-season and was superb for the Reds, making a half-dozen appearances down the stretch. A former starter-turned-closer, the right-hander has a 2.95 ERA in his career out of the bullpen and works primarily with a plus fastball, as well as a pretty so-so curveball.

Still, last season he limited opponents to the lowest average exit velocity of his career. On a one-year, $6 million deal with the Philadelphia Phillies, it wouldn’t take much to grab Bradley at the deadline, especially if, once again, the Fightin’ Phils are treading water.

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I’m not saying he’s your closer – because with Keone Kela, Mark Melancon and Drew Pomeranz, there’d definitely be guys in line ahead of him for the job. But he could add another high-velo arm to the mix as the Padres eye a title in 2021.