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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2. The San Francisco Giants are looking for middle infield help and Tim Anderson could land in the Bay Area

The Giants are slumping and find themselves going from locked into a Wild Card spot to fighting four other teams for one of the three spots. Pitching is one area that Gabe Kapler's crew could use, but they are also rumored to be in the market for a shortstop.

MLB Network's Jon Morosi reported that the Giants are one of a number of teams looking to add middle infield help at the trade deadline. The Chicago White Sox are having a bad season again and they appear headed to a rebuild which would make several pieces available to teams. One of those pieces is shortstop Tim Anderson.

Since San Francisco backed away from Carlos Correa last winter, they have been looking for an impactful middle infielder and Anderson would be that guy. This season, the former Silver Slugger winner in 2020 is slashing just .244/.284/.284 with 18 RBI. He is a patient hitter that works the count and draws walks and has the speed to be impactful on the bases.

His contract situation for 2024 has a $14 million option that Chicago will not want to pick up, which could help in the return for him. If things work out for the Giants and if they acquire him, they could easily pick that up and a change of scenery could do him good. There is too much more talent that is there than what he has shown this season and he could be an impactful player against the Padres not only in the last months of this seaosn but also next season and maybe beyond.