CEO Mike Dee made some interesting comments to MLB Network Radio recently, suggesting that the club is open to trading for Cole Hamels or even pursuing the last big name on the free agent market – James Shields.

Even though the team has said earlier in the month that the team is just about set, this comment leaves the door open on the possibilities of making another major move. Let’s take a look at the latest buzz surrounding the Padres:


 1. Cole Hamels

  • Padres and Red Sox match up the best prospect wise for a potential Hamels trade, according to a report by Jim Bowden of ESPN.com.
  • Citing people within the industry, Ken Rosenthal of FoxSports.com opines that the club does not have enough talent to acquire Hamels,
  • One rival executive told Jayson Stark of ESPN.com that the Padres are “all over” the idea of acquiring Hamels.
  • Hamels is the team’s preferred target if they do acquire a front line starter, according to a report by Jon Heyman of CBSSports.com.
  • Phillies General Manager Ruben Amaro Jr. told Jake Kaplan of Philly.com that he has no intention of trading Hamels.

I’d take that statement with a grain of salt. Amaro needs to get the right players in a deal of Hamels as his job is already on the line due to the Phillies recent struggles.

For example, at the Winter Meetings the Dodgers General Manager Farhan Zaidi flat out denied that he had intentions of trading then Dodgers outfielder Matt Kemp, which he ended up doing less than 72 hours later.

I still think Hamels gets dealt before the start of the season. If not, by the July trade deadline.

2. James Shields

  • I suggested that with Shields’ price dropping and mid market teams like the Diamondbacks jumping into the sweepstakes, the Padres could get interested.  The Diamondbacks since then have publicly dropped out of the Shields sweepstakes.
  • A few days later, Ken Rosenthal then reported that the club is on the periphery of the Shields sweepstakes but they are unlikely to land him.
  • Jayson Stark said that it’s “possible” the club signs James Shields, but are unlikely to land him.
  • Dennis Lin of UT San Diego says that the Padres have (at best) “kicked the tires” on the idea of signing Shields.

James Shields lives in San Diego and prefers to join a club that resides on the West Coast, according to Ken Rosenthal. I think Shields would be a great addition to the club, but I still prefer Hamels over him.

Why?

Statistically, Shields has been durable, but you can look at this both in a positive and negative light. How much longer will he be this durable as he enters his age 33 season? His postseason stats (3-6, 5.46 ERA, 1.534 WHIP) are also a concern, but not nearly as much as his durability long term.

3. Arbitration Notes

Padres arbitration numbers (from Dennis Lin):

Padres Quick Hits:

  • Pitcher Cory Luebke should be ready to go or close to being ready by Spring Training, according to a tweet by Corey Brock of MLB.com. He could be an interesting piece to add to the pitching staff this season if healthy.
  • The team held a private work out for Cuban prospect Yoan Mocada recently, according to a report by Jesse Sanchez of MLB.com. Dennis Lin noted that it is unlikely to club lands Mocada and several big market clubs have their eyes set on him.
  • Cuban prospect Hector Olivera is also a player the Padres have strong interest in, Jesse Sanchez tweets.
  • Johan Santana is also on the clubs radar, according to a tweet by Jon Heyman. The two-time Cy Young Award winner has not pitched since 2012, due to injuries. He has a 3.20 ERA (3.44 FIP) over his 12 year career.
  • Former Long Beach State baseball coach Dave Snow has been hired as an advisor in player development, according to a tweet by John Manuel of BaseballAmerica.com.
  • Padres have signed former Pirates and Rangers pitcher Daniel McCutchen to a minor league contract. The club also re-signed pitcher Luis Hernandez to a minor league contract.
  • Pitcher Travis Remillard has been suspended 50 games for testing positive for amphetamine, according to a tweet by Jeff Sanders of UT San Diego.
  • The Mighty 1090 and the Padres announced this week that they have agreed on a deal that will keep the club on the station through the 2016 season.

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