2) Bryan Woo could be part of a Mariners-Padres trade
Virtually the entire Mariners rotation is young and affordable, and Bryan Woo is no exception to that. At just 23 years old he's one of the more intriguing arms Seattle has to offer, considering the fact that he just made his MLB debut this past season and performed admirably.
In 18 starts for the Mariners, Woo posted a 4.21 ERA in 87.2 innings pitched. The ERA might be a tick higher than Gilbert's, but some of that can be explained by three rough starts which saw Woo allow six earned runs in each one. No, you can't completely write those off, but he was pretty consistently solid in the rest of his outings.
Woo managed to allow two runs or fewer in 12 of his 18 starts. He allowed one run or less in eight of his 18 starts. Nearly half the time he held the opposition to nothing, or the bare minimum. I'd say that's rock solid.
The right-hander does not even hit arbitration until after the 2026 season. He has so many years of control, and won't make more than the minimum until 2027. For a team as cash-strapped as the Padres, that's beyond useful, especially when he showed as much promise as he did. It's a no-brainer to have him involved in any Soto deal, and he'd probably be easier to get than Gilbert considering he's a bit more unproven.