San Diego Padres third bold prediction: Friars acquire Justin Turner at the trade deadline
What a wild story this would be, the Padres acquiring former Los Angeles Dodgers third baseman Justin Turner. Right now the Boston Red Sox are just two games out of an American League Wild Card berth, but don't put it past GM Chaim Bloom still be somewhat of a seller.
San Diego has a lineup that has struggled at times this season, but it showed some signs of life before the break and was lengthened out by production from Jake Cronenworth. They recently released Nelson Cruz after he struggled as the right-handed DH. Matt Carpenter and Rougned Odor have handled those at-bats from the left side, but adding Turner would be adding a bat that could handle the spot full-time.
His first season in Boston after signing a two-year deal over the winter has been good. He's slashing .288/.362/.462 with 13 home runs and 52 RBI. Those numbers are on pace to be better than his numbers with the Dodgers in 2022 and at 38 years old, he's still got plenty of pop left in his bat.
Getting Turner adds another bat to the lineup that can produce anywhere in the lineup he's placed. The return would most likely be a prospect as the Red Sox generally don't take on much salary under Bloom.
The second half is going to test the mentality of the Padres who seem to have one more push for the playoffs in them with the way they ended the first half. Trade deadline additions will only help them in the quest to make a late-season charge.