San Diego Padres news: Insider says Padres have "no heart," Yu Darvish injury, Juan Soto trade

In a roundup of news and notes regarding the San Diego Padres, the rotation takes another hit, as does the chemistry of the team from an MLB insider. Also, is Juan Soto to be traded in the offseason?

San Diego Padres starting pitcher Yu Darvish
San Diego Padres starting pitcher Yu Darvish / Orlando Ramirez-USA TODAY Sports

The hits just keep coming for the 2023 San Diego Padres.

San Diego Padres injury news: Yu Darvish added to the injured list

With the playoff hopes for the San Diego Padres basically at miracle-needed level, the Padres rotation has taken another big hit.

As Cassavell said, it's unlikely that Musgrove will be back in 2023, and you have to wonder if the 37-year-old Darvish won't be in the same situation as well. With Darvish signed through the 2028 season, does it make sense for the Padres to rush him back if there is nothing to play for this year? It's definitely something to keep an eye on as September rolls along with the right-hander posting a 4.66 ERA in five August starts spanning 29.0 innings.

MLB insider asks a pointed question about the 2023 San Diego Padres

In his Sunday column for USA Today, Bob Nightengale asked, "You think Xander Bogaerts would have signed with the San Diego Padres if he knew the team had no heart and openly quit during games?"


Nightengale is the second MLB insider from across the nation to take aim at the Padres since the team collapsed chasing a postseason berth, with Jon Heyman saying last week that San Diego had chemistry issues that were very apparent.

While the Padres had star power in 2023, it's very clear that money can't buy championships. You can ask A.J. Preller or the New York Mets about that apparently.

Will the San Diego Padres trade Juan Soto?

Also in his column, Nightengale writes, "Several GMs are now predicting that the Padres have no choice but to trade outfielder Juan Soto after their horrific season, particularly having no TV deal and Soto seeking at least $500 million in free agency after the 2024 season."

If that happens this offseason, it will cast plenty of questions back on the decision at this year's trade deadline to keep the team intact and instead be a buyer rather than sell off players like Soto, Blake Snell and/or Josh Hader.

Is Soto on the way out of San Diego? If so, will the Padres be able to get anywhere close to the price they paid to acquire him? It sounds like we may find out this offseason.