San Diego Padres trade rumors have been frequent and intriguing all month, but with the July 30 MLB trade deadline now upon us expect them to get even more exciting.
So far, the Padres have acquired reliever Daniel Hudson from the Nationals and second baseman Adan Frazier from the Pirates.
They came “close” — per Ken Rosenthal — to a deal that would have brought ace right-hander Max Scherzer to San Diego as well, before the Dodgers swooped in and apparently scooped him up along with shortstop Trea Turner.
But with now less than seven hours until the MLB trade deadline, set for 1 p.m. PT today, the Padres are still being linked to multiple players in recent rumors.
Visit this post all day to keep up with what we’re seeing written.
Update: The trade deadline is now complete.
Padres 2021 trade rumors we’re tracking at the MLB trade deadline
OF Jake Marisnick
The Padres reported traded for Cubs outfielder Jake Marisnick, per Jeff Passan.
Marisnick had a .227/.294/.438 line and is worth a little less than 1 WAR.
SP Max Scherzer
The Max Scherzer deal was “close” but the Padres couldn’t finish it. Apparently the Dodgers are having that same problem, despite reports that made it sound as if the deal was all but done.
We’re not holding out hopes on this one, but pass this tweet from Jon Heyman along:
SP Jose Berrios, Twins
With Max Scherzer off the list of possibilities, Twins right-hander Jose Berrios becomes the consolation prize for any team looking for starting pitching.
Berrios sports a 3.48 ERA this year with a 1.04 WHIP. He has 126 strikeouts in 122 innings this year, good for 25.7% strikeout rate and 6.5% walk rate.
Berrios has one year of arbitration eligibility remaining and is being paid $6 million in 2021.
It now appears Berrios is headed to the Jays.
SP Kyle Gibson, Rangers
Kyle Gibson has a 2.87 ERA for the Rangers and made an appearance in the 2021 MLB All-Star Game. He boasts a 1.18 WHIP as well. If they miss out on Berrios, the Padres might look to Gibson to help bolster a middling rotation.
In 113 innings he has 94 strikeouts and 41 walks, good for a strikeout rate of 20.4% and walk rate of 8.9%.
Gibson, along with Scherzer and Berrios, was in our list of dream starting pitching targets.
He’s in his ninth season in the majors. He has the remaining two months of a $9 million salary for 2021 and is owed $7 million in 2022.
Update: Lost this one too.
Closer Craig Kimbrel, Cubs
Seemingly everyone — every buyer, at least — remains in on Cubs closer Craig Kimbrel, who is puttnig up numbers that even look too good for a video game. The Padres, like the rest, are rumored to be in on Kimbrel.
Kimbrel’s stats include 64 strikeouts in 36 innings, good for a 15.71 K/9 (which is an incredible 46.7% strikeout rate), and amazing ERA is 0.49, and WHIP of 0.709.He has 23 saves in 25 attempts (92% save percentage).
Kimbrel has an option remaining that could keep him with his next club in 2022 on a $16 million deal.
UPDATE: It appears Kimbrel is headed south to the White Sox.