3 positions the Padres need to upgrade by the trade deadline

May 20, 2022; San Francisco, California, USA; San Diego Padres left fielder Jurickson Profar (10) talks to second base umpire Ted Barrett (65) after baseballs were thrown onto the field during the third inning against the San Francisco Giants at Oracle Park. Mandatory Credit: Darren Yamashita-USA TODAY Sports
May 20, 2022; San Francisco, California, USA; San Diego Padres left fielder Jurickson Profar (10) talks to second base umpire Ted Barrett (65) after baseballs were thrown onto the field during the third inning against the San Francisco Giants at Oracle Park. Mandatory Credit: Darren Yamashita-USA TODAY Sports /
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San Diego Padres catcher Austin Nola
SAN DIEGO, CA – JUNE 20: Austin Nola #26 of the San Diego Padres walks to the dugout before the game against the Arizona Diamondbacks on June 20, 2022 at Petco Park in San Diego, California. (Photo by Matt Thomas/San Diego Padres/Getty Images) /

San Diego Padres catcher

The Padres don’t have much going for them in the lineup from their catchers. Austin Nola doesn’t provide power and has a poor on-base percentage. This season, he’s hitting .233/.301/.302 with low isolated power of .069. His strikeout percentage (15.3 percent) isn’t too bad, but his walk percentage (7.4 percent) is low.

Jorge Alfaro is Nola’s only relief, and though Alfaro has power, he has an insanely high strikeout rate (34.9 percent) and low walk rate (4.7 percent). He’s hitting .272/.308/.456 with an isolated power of .184.

Chicago Cubs catcher Willson Contreras has been a player discussed as a Padres trade candidate, according to the San Diego Union-Tribune. Realistically, he probably won’t end up in San Diego, but he’d be a good player to target. Contreras is hitting .274/.392/.498 with an isolated power of .224 this season. His strikeout rate (20.7 percent) is average, but his walk rate (11.3 percent) is above average.

He’s under a $9.625 million contract this season and is eligible for free agency next season.

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