3 ways the Padres can lose the MLB trade deadline

LOS ANGELES, CA - JULY 19: Joe Musgrove #44 of the San Diego Padres pitches during the third inning at the 92nd All-Star Game presented by Mastercard at Dodger Stadium on July 19, 2022 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Matt Thomas/San Diego Padres/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - JULY 19: Joe Musgrove #44 of the San Diego Padres pitches during the third inning at the 92nd All-Star Game presented by Mastercard at Dodger Stadium on July 19, 2022 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Matt Thomas/San Diego Padres/Getty Images) /
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Shohei Ohtani, rumored to be traded to the Padres
KANSAS CITY, MISSOURI – JULY 27: Shohei Ohtani #17 of Japan of the Los Angeles Angels breaks for second during the 3rd inning of the game against the Kansas City Royals at Kauffman Stadium on July 27, 2022 in Kansas City, Missouri. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images) /

Padres prioritizing adding pitchers to the roster

The Padres are doing great with their current roster of pitchers, which has led to a big portion of the team’s overall success this season. Though there is room for improvement, their starting rotation shouldn’t be focused on too much just yet.

The Padres were recently linked to Shohei Ohtani rumors (credit to The Athletic), which would be a beneficial trade. Ohtani is the defending AL MVP and is often utilized as a designated hitter, which is unique since most pitchers don’t hit at all. He’d provide more of what the team needs, but most pitchers wouldn’t.

The Padres have also been tied to Luis Castillo and Frankie Montas (credit to ESPN) who would help the team long-term but, overall, wouldn’t be the most important players to join the team.

As of right now, Yu Darvish is reliable enough and under team control until 2024. Joe Musgrove is eligible for free agency in 2023, but according to R.J. Anderson with CBS, Musgrove and the Padres are optimistic about reaching an extension agreement.

Mike Clevinger also hits free agency eligibility in 2023, and his future in San Diego is unclear. Musgrove and Darvish, however, have enough talent to continue success (anticipating an extension for Musgrove).

The Padres could undoubtedly benefit from adding another pitcher, but unless it’s Ohtani, it shouldn’t be among their top priorities.

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