4 hitters that the San Diego Padres can target at the 2023 trade deadline

There are plenty of hitters that are going to be available at the trade deadline that could help bolster the San Diego Padres lineup for the rest of 2023.

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Adam Duvall
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San Diego Padres should target Adam Duvall at the trade deadline

The Boston Red Sox signed Adam Duvall to a one-year contract to play center field, but a wrist injury in early April against the Detroit Tigers set him back. He is starting to find his swing again after struggling after coming back.

In 39 games this season, he's slashing .257/.320/.515, but his swing is coming around and if he can turn things around, he is a right-handed bat that could fill the spot vacated by Cruz. He has played 36 games in the outfield and can play center and right.

Obviously, the Padres are set in the outfield, but he would be an addition that could split time or spell a night off or two for Trent Grisham in center field. He was brought in to fill the open spot in center in Boston, but youngster Jaren Duran is turning things around and making it nearly impossible for manager Alex Cora to keep him out of the lineup on a nightly basis.

He will be a free agent after the season after signing a one-year deal for $7 million and he is someone worth taking a shot with as he gives Bob Melvin multiple ways to be used down the stretch. He's not turning into the version of Adam Duvall the Atlanta Braves got, but he's a two-month rental that can hit. He's finding himself getting pushed out of Boston.