3 rival trade rumors that could be disastrous for the San Diego Padres

If some of these trade rumors come true, it's going to be difficult for the Padres to get into the 2023 postseason.

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Nolan Arenado
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1. The Los Angeles Dodgers could be looking to acquire Nolan Arenado from the Cardinals

The Dodgers have already made two minor moves, acquiring Kiké Hernandez from the Boston Red Sox Tuesday and then Amed Rosario from the Cleveland Guardians Wednesday. Those two moves are not going to be a difference-maker for Los Angeles, but it gives them more middle infield options and allows Mookie Betts to play full-time in the outfield.

Jorge Castillo of the Los Angeles Times reported that the Dodgers and St. Louis Cardinals have had trade talks centered around third baseman Nolan Arenado. If that trade happens, it would not be good for the Padres.

Acquiring Arenado, an eight-time All-Star, would mean San Diego would see him for the next four seasons as he has four years remaining on his contract. A power-hitting corner infielder is not what the Friars want to see Los Angeles get. His numbers for the season are down as he's slashing .286/.334/.520, but he does have 22 home runs and 77 RBI. Adding his bat into a lineup around Betts, Freddie Freeman, and Max Muncy is not something San Diego wants to see.

If the Dodgers do indeed acquire Arenado, that would spell disaster for only the final two months of this season, but also for the future. It appears that St. Louis is going to listen to anything that comes their way and the Dodgers have already been aggressive and will continue to be.