SEATTLE — There is plenty of talk about what the San Diego Padres, entering the All-Star break at 43-47, will do at the upcoming MLB trade deadline. However, one MLB insider believes the team will indeed be "aggressive" and "buyers" in the quest for a postseason spot.
San Diego Padres rumors: MLB insider points to "aggressive" trade deadline
According to USA Today's Bob Nightengale in this article, rival general managers are hearing that San Diego will be anything but a seller when the MLB trade deadline comes on August 1. Nightengale writes in his column that, "two GMs were informed that the Padres instead plan to be aggressive at the trade deadline and possibly even be buyers."
That somewhat goes against what Nightengale writes in the paragraph right before that, saying, "Rival GMs believe the Padres should unload starter Blake Snell and All-Star closer Josh Hader among others at the deadline, while also listening to offers for Juan Soto."
While the Padres "should" be doing one thing in the eyes of their colleagues, it appears that A.J. Preller and the Padres front office hasn't given up on the possibility of reaching the postseason. Despite a slow start to the season, it seems San Diego will indeed be in on trade pieces who could boost the team forward.
A recent poll of fans indicated that the preference was for the Padres to be both buyers and sellers at the trade deadline, getting rid of some pieces where the team could be strong while adding in at other spots. MLB insider Jim Bowden recently stated that he believed the team should shore up the bottom of the batting order and acquire pitching depth at the trade deadline. Those would be two areas where it would certainly make sense for the Padres to be active.