It's been all quiet on the San Diego Padres front lately. Of course, that was to be expected after they made a flood of signings in the form of Nick Martinez and Robert Suarez (re-signed), and Xander Bogaerts, Seth Lugo and Matt Carpenter.
While worthwhile pickups, fans should expect more roster turnover in the weeks to come. It's been a while since general manager AJ Preller struck a trade, and the latest buzz indicates San Diego is fielding calls on Gold Glove center fielder Trent Grisham and utility infielder Ha-Seong Kim.
The market for both players remains murky, but speculation in terms of where they might end us has picked up over the last few days with (some) Yankees outlets banging the drum for Brian Cashman to bring Grisham to the Big Apple.
While Grisham is linked to one baseball giant, Kim's been linked with another.
Over the weekend, Sports Illustrated's Ricardo Sandoval made the case for the Dodgers (!) to strike a deal with the Padres for Kim's services.
More Padres News:
- The Dodgers were linked with all of the top shortstops at the onset of free agency. When the dust settled, they didn't land any of them. Seemingly hell-bent on saving money for Shoehi Ohtani next offseason, trading for Kim to pair with Gavin Lux in the middle infield wouldn't impede their pursuit of the Angels phenom.
- It's not like division rivals to wheel and deal, but if there's a trade to be made that appeases both sides, we suppose anything is possible. LA is flush with assets, so Padres fans shouldn't balk at Kim repping the Dodger blue in 2023, especially after signing Bogaerts and Fernando Tatis Jr. expected back from suspension.
- The Padres signed righty Eric Hanhold to a minor-league contract. Hanhold spent all of 2022 in Pittsburgh's Triple-A affiliate after the Pirates claimed him off waivers from Baltimore. The 29-year-old worked exclusively in relief, pitching to a 3.40 ERA in 53 innings to go with a superb 62.7% ground ball rate. Might we be looking at San Diego's next double-play specialist?
- The Kiwoom Heroes of the Korea Baseball Organization (KBO) announced Monday that they will post superstar Jung-hoo Lee after the 2023 season. Lee took home KBO MVP honors last season after hitting .349/.421/.575 with 23 home runs and 113 RBI. He struck out just 32 times in 627 plate appearances and owns the highest career batting average (.342) is the history of the KBO.
- The Mets and Carlos Correa continue to negotiate a restructured contracts after New York expressed concerns over the player's physical. The drawn-out process has sparked concerns amongst Mets fans, but Correa shared a photo to Instagram that showed his son Kylo wearing an "I love NY" shirt," seemingly indicating that both sides are close to working out a deal.