Things have not gone as well as the San Diego Padres would have hoped out of the 2023 All-Star break. They split a key 10-game road trip against the Philadelphia Phillies, Toronto Blue Jays, and Detroit Tigers. Against the Blue Jays and Tigers, they had a chance to sweep the series with a win in the third and final game, only to lose.
Returning home against the Pittsburgh Pirates, the Friars dropped the first game, 8-4, and heard the frustration from the fanbase as they were booed multiple times. The second-half start leaves the Padres more pointing to selling off pieces than buying, despite bouncing back and winning 5-1 Tuesday night.
If GM A.J. Preller decides to sell, there are no shortage of pieces he could move and get a good return in terms of prospects or maybe even an impactful MLB player. Selling may not sit well with the fanbase, however, Preller has to have an eye toward 2024 after 2023 is all said and done.
San Diego Padres have three key trade pieces to move at the deadline
The decisions that need to be made at the trade deadline are tough, but need to be made. Preller has three key pieces to move, two who will be free agents after this season and one who has one more season, but the return will be beneficial for the future of San Diego.