3 San Diego Padres trade rumors to squelch before they gain any traction

St. Louis Cardinals first baseman Paul Goldschmidt
St. Louis Cardinals first baseman Paul Goldschmidt / Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports
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It is the middle of June and the San Diego Padres trade rumors are likely getting ready to furiously fly very soon. With that in mind, it's time to separate what could happen versus those rumors that will likely be floated out there but never will really be a reality.

So which Padres trade rumors are ones that Padres fans shouldn't put much weight into? Here are three that we believe should be squelched before they gain any traction.

San Diego Padres trade rumor to squash: Paul Goldschmidt

Absolutely, the St. Louis Cardinals are in a freefall, having lost five games in a row and owning the worst record in the National League. There are also plenty of rumors already swirling about the Cardinals potentially trading reigning National League MVP Paul Goldschmidt, but would San Diego really be a spot that could legitimately take on the cost it will take to acquire him, as well as the $26 million he is on the books to be paid for next season? The answer is very likely no.

In a perfect world, Goldschmidt could be slotted in as the team's designated hitter and also play some first base. However, the price tag in what will be expected from the Cardinals in return for Goldschmidt (even if the team decides to trade him) will be far and above what the Padres would be willing to pay.

Are there other Cardinals that might be of interest to the Padres. Oh absolultely, and here's who we think they are.