Could the San Diego Padres make another mega-deal?
The San Diego Padres and general manager A.J. Preller have been the most aggressive team since he has taken over those duties on August 5th, 2014. Multiple trades and free agent signings that have completely re-worked the roster. Most recently, the shocking trade right before the season that brought San Diego, All Star closer Craig Kimbrel, for Cameron Maybin, Carlos Quentin and prospects.
Rumors are swirling that the Padres who have over $100 million in payroll, are not done dealing. Preller is looking to upgrade the shortstop position which currently employs the likes of Alexei Amarista and Clint Barmes, certainly not known for their offensive abilities. So who could the Padres target? Chicago Cubs Starlin Castro has been thrown around, along with Elvis Andrus who happens to play for Preller’s former employer, the Texas Rangers.
Either of those possibilities would stack a lineup that already includes names like Kemp, Upton, Myers, Norris, Gyrko, Alonso and it keeps going. The Padres are serious contenders, and despite making so many start-studded moves, are flying somewhat under the radar in the National League (I was the only one to pick them to make the postseason, out of our baseball writers).
I’ve already talked about the deepest rotation in the National League, so I won’t again.
The Padres are here to contend in 2015, dealing for a shortstop or not. Be prepared MLB.
Dan Schalk is the head writer for MFST, you can follow him on Twitter @ffsportstalk