Padres Turn Their Focus to the Trade Market

With the Padres losing out on both Pablo Sandoval to the Boston Red Sox and Yasmany Tomas to the Arizona Diamondbacks, the team will turn their focus to the trade market. According to a report by Corey Brock of MLB.com, the team was “all in” on Pablo Sandoval, while being only “lukewarm” when it came to signing Yasmany Tomas. CEO Mike Dee told Dan Sileo of the Mighty 1090 this week in an interview that the team expects to be more active as the Winter Meetings approach. The club has now been connected to a new name, All- Star outfielder Yoenis Cespedes.

1) Yoenis Cespedes: The Padres have had discussions with the Red Sox regarding Yoenis Cespedes, according to a report by Corey Brock of MLB.com. The Red Sox need pitching and Ian Kennedy is a name that has surfaced. Kennedy would give the Red Sox a middle of the rotation arm while Cespedes would give the Padres a slugger with power. A trade of this nature would benefit both clubs, as both are set to become free agents after the 2015 season. Cespedes maybe in play for only one season, as he’s in position for a large contract if he hits the open market. It would may be difficult to secure a long-term deal as he is represented by Roc Nation Sports –  an agency headed by artist Jay Z. Roc Nation negotiated a 10 year, 240 million dollar deal with the Seattle Mariners for Robinson Cano. Cespedes might not be getting Cano money, but he has his eyes set on a large contract come next offseason.

2) Matt Kemp: The Padres and the Dodgers have had discussions this offseason about Matt Kemp, according to a tweet by Ken Rosenthal of FoxSports.com. Rosenthal notes that the talks weren’t a awhile ago and no deal is imminent. It is possible that the talks between the Dodgers and Padres may heat up again after the Padres didn’t land Sandoval or Tomas, but it still seems like an unlikely fit as of now.

3) Yasmani Grandal, Rene Rivera, Austin Hedges: The Padres continue to get inquiries on the team’s trio of catchers, according to a tweet by Ken Rosenthal of FoxSports.com. The talks remain active as of now. The Padres could match-up on a deal with the Dodgers, who are in need of catching help and even a bullpen arm.

4) Kim Kwang-Hyun: Kwang-Hyun is expected to leave for San Diego (and may already be here) to negotiate a possible deal, according to a tweet by Jeeho Yoo of the Yonhap News. The Padres have until December 11th to negotiate a deal with Kwang-Hyun, who had his eyes set of pitching in the United States, Dennis Lin of  UT San Diego said in the paper’s weekly Padres Chat. At the point, it seems likely a deal gets done. Most project Kwang-Hyun in middle or long relief, but he could be a fit as a back of the rotation starter.

5) Hitting Coach Update: The Padres may have the team’s next hitting coach in place by the Winter meetings, according to Dennis Lin of UT San Diego. He hears that the new coach will likely come from outside the organization and Alonzo Powell will remain as the second hitting coach.

Other Padres Notes:

  • Pitcher Blaine Boyer had elected for free agency after being outrighted to Triple-A El Paso. He was designated for assignment last week. He should have enough teams interested in him to it least get a minor league contract.
  • Outfielder Yeison Asencio has cleared waivers and has been outrighted to Triple-A El Paso. He was designated for assignment last week along with Boyer to make room on the 40 man roster.
  • The Padres also made a few minor signings within the last week, re-signing pitcher Jason Lane and signing catcher Griff Erickson to minor league deals. The backstop, who had been with the Dodgers organization his entire professional career, has never made it above the Double-A level until last year. At Triple-A Albuquerque last season, he slashed a .297/.384/.510 line. Erickson was signed for depth purposes only. The team also re-signed veteran Jason Lane to a minor league contract. Lane pitched 10.1 innings giving up only one earned run while making one start for the club. He’ll be apart of Triple-A El Paso’s starting rotation next season.

Justin W. is a Correspondent for Baseball Essential. He also covers the San Diego Padres.

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