Grading each of the San Diego Padres' major trade deadline moves

After a whirlwind trade deadline that saw the San Diego Padres make three big moves, we grade their performance.
Jul 25, 2023; San Diego, California, USA; Pittsburgh Pirates starting pitcher Rich Hill (44) throws
Jul 25, 2023; San Diego, California, USA; Pittsburgh Pirates starting pitcher Rich Hill (44) throws / Ray Acevedo-USA TODAY Sports
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2) Grading the San Diego Padres' trade for Garrett Cooper and Sean Reynolds

Right around the 6 p.m ET cutoff, the Padres were able to pull off two buzzer beater deals, one of them being a trade with the Miami Marlins for designated hitter Garrett Cooper and pitching prospect Sean Reynolds.

Cooper, with a wRC+ of 97, is roughly a league average player in 2023, though he does have 13 home runs on the season. His right-handed pop should form a decent platoon with Ji-Man Choi from the left side, giving San Diego some much-needed punch at designated hitter where Matt Carpenter and Nelson Cruz failed to do so.

The Padres also acquired pitching prospect Sean Reynolds from the Marlins in this trade, a minor league reliever who has had success in Double-A and Triple-A this season and could impact San Diego's bullpen soon.

Going back to Miami was a former Padres' top prospect in Ryan Weathers, who never quite figured out on the mound in San Diego, but who also still has promise. Perhaps the Marlins can turn Weathers around, but on the Padres' side of things, this was another solid trade.

Grade: B