San Diego is Looking to Improve at Shortstop

The San Diego Padres made a handful of splashes this past off-season, but even after a bombshell Opening Night trade which brought All-Star closer Craig Kimbrel to the west coast, it would appear that A.J. Preller and Co. aren’t finished.

The Padres, who added Matt Kemp, Wil Myers, Justin Upton, James Shields, and Craig Kimbrel this off-season,  are loading up to make a run in the National League West. Unfortunately for San Diego, the defending World Series champion San Francisco Giants and always competitive Los Angeles Dodgers reside in the division.

The Padres are currently trotting 26-year old Alexi Amarista out at shortstop. Amarista slashed a .239/.286/.314 line in 2014, with five home runs and 40 RBI. He posted a solid 1.0 WAR. He’s a solid shortstop sure, but the rich want to get richer, and their option may be in Chicago.

Castro is only 25, a three-time All-Star, and once led the National League in hits. He’s one of the best shortstops league-wide, and is a clear cut upgrade over Amarista.

With Addison Russell behind Castro in Triple-A, the 25-year old becomes more expendable for a young Cubs team looking to get even younger.

While there have been no reported advanced talks between the two teams, it could be something to keep an eye on heading forward. The Padres clearly aren’t afraid to make a deal, and the Cubs have the prospect depth to deal off their current starters.

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  1. Thomas L. Webber

    After the 3 game series I believe that Clint Barnes had our Padre’s top batting average of in access of .435. Am I correct? Where as Alexi is even below last years dismal average…Let’s give Clint a bit more time…

    The “Padre’s Long Distance Padre’s Fan”

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