5 outfield trade targets for the Padres with Andrew Benintendi off the market
By Rylie Smith
Padres trade target — Baltimore Orioles: Trey Mancini
The Baltimore Orioles may not be ready to be sellers quite yet, but if they are Trey Mancini would be the name to target. He plays both outfield and first base, which would make him a great trade option. The Padres have had trouble with current first baseman Eric Hosmer, so Mancini could be useful in multiple ways.
Mancini is hitting .268/.345/.401 for an OPS of .746 this season. Though he’s not the most powerful hitter, he has a good eye and compares well to Profar.
Mancini is hitting better than Hosmer, who is hitting .277/.339/.391 for an OPS of .730 this season. Hosmer is difficult to replace considering many teams aren’t interested in him, so upgrading two positions with one player would be good strategy.
Padres trade target — Baltimore Orioles: Anthony Santander
Baltimore Orioles outfielder Anthony Santander is a decent hitter that could meet San Diego’s demands for the outfield. Santander is also a switch-hitter. This season, he’s hitting .243/.328/.431 for an OPS of .759.
Santander would have the second-best isolated power (.189) among all Padres players, which is an area manager Bob Melvin is looking to improve.
According to MLB Trade Rumors, “The O’s aren’t likely to see him as an untouchable member of the long-term core, but he’s an above-average hitter controllable for the next two and a half seasons.”
Santander would be one of the best options for the outfield, and the Padres should aim to trade for him.