San Diego Padres: Josh Hader talks trade rumors, Blake Snell skills and Shohei Ohtani sales pitch

During All-Star game media availability, we heard plenty from Josh Hader as the San Diego Padres closer shared his thoughts amidst the swirling trade rumors. Plus, how would he sell coming to San Diego to Shohei Ohtani? He told us.

San Diego Padres relief pitcher Josh Hader
San Diego Padres relief pitcher Josh Hader / Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports
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Los Angeles Angels designated hitter Shohei Ohtani
Los Angeles Angels designated hitter Shohei Ohtani / Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports

Should this be the pitch for the San Diego Padres to Shohei Ohtani?

It's well known that Shohei Ohtani will likely be a free agent at the end of the season (provided he isn't traded at the trade deadline in a stunning development). There has been talk that the Padres could be a potential landing spot for the Japanese superstar. If that's the case, how would Hader suggest the Padres tell Ohtani why San Diego should be his next MLB home?

"It's San Diego. I mean, do you really need much more than that?" Hader asked. "If you've ever been in San Diego, you know how beautiful it is. It's a fun team. We've got a lot of great guys for long term, so he's a guy that they probably want to lock up for a long-term deal as well, as long as they can find a billion dollars somewhere."

There's no doubt that every team would love to have Ohtani as a part of its roster, and the Padres will likely be competing with their rivals up Interstate 5 (the Los Angeles Dodgers) for his services. While both locations have plenty of scenery and talent on the MLB roster, it may take that billion dollars (hey, it's possible) as much as a great location and a commitment to winning for Ohtani to select his new home.