4 trade targets the Padres should consider pursuing this summer
By Seth Carlson
2. Reliever: Aroldis Chapman
Chapman, the hard-throwing lefty known for his abilty to notch triple-digits on his fastball, has found new life as a Kansas City Royal in 2023 after struggling in 2022 with the New York Yankees. And his closer pedigree makes him a great fit for the Padres' bullpen.
San Diego's collective relief corps has a negative bWAR so far this season (-0.7) and will continue to be without set-up man Robert Suarez for an indefinite amount of time. And outside of Josh Hader, the Padres have had trouble closing games out. Pairing the dynamic Chapman with Hader, however, could make things interesting late.
The 35-year-old Chapman and his 3.45 ERA would come as a rental at this year's trade deadline, which as we noted with Grandal, would be a boon for the Padres given the state of their depleted farm system.