1 trade candidate from every NL East team that the Padres should consider
Atlanta Braves: Michael Soroka
Mike Soroka finished sixth in the NL Cy Young balloting in 2019 but has made just 10 MLB appearances (nine starts) since thanks to injury woes. He struggled in his short stints with Atlanta this season, leading to the potential of him being non-tendered or traded. With the right-hander almost certainly not being in Atlanta's plans, he can be acquired by the Padres to fill in at the back of the rotation for almost nothing.
Miami Marlins: Steven Okert
The Marlins have four left-handers in their bullpen, and Steven Okert might be the worst of the four. Despite that, he did a pretty good job for Miami this past season against both righties and lefties, and can be a guy the Padres plug into their bullpen to pitch the middle innings.
New York Mets: Pete Alonso
Let's have a little fun. This is probably the most unrealistic trade San Diego would make, but adding Pete Alonso in the event that they move on from Juan Soto would help this team a lot. Of course, they'd be in the same dilemma with Alonso hitting free agency at the end of the season, but he'd be significantly cheaper to re-sign. Probably not going to happen, but with Alonso reportedly available it's fun to think about.
Philadelphia Phillies: Cristian Pache
The Padres could use a fourth outfielder upgrade over Jose Azocar, and Cristian Pache would provide that. He'd be a solid platoon option with Trent Grisham while providing excellent speed and defense off the bench. With Philadelphia already having Johan Rojas, they have no need for Pache.
Washington Nationals: Kyle Finnegan
Kyle Finnegan is a reliever Washington has dangled the last couple of trade deadlines but has held onto. He's served as their primary closer in recent years and has done a nice job. With Washington still rebuilding, ghetting something for the 32-year-old while he still has two years of team control could be something they decide to do.