The San Diego Padres begin the second half of the season with a ten-game homestand against the Colorado Rockies (3), San Francisco Giants (3), and Miami Marlins (4). With everyone seeing them as sellers at the deadline (including myself), they have one last shot to string together a winning streak. An 8-2 or better record would at least make the front office have second thoughts of trading away players to retool for 2016. It’s still a very unlikely scenario, but the time is now for any slim hope for postseason aspirations.
Jon Heyman of CBSSports.com wrote a great deal on the topic of the Padres in his weekly Inside Baseball article. Here were the important notes when discussing the Padres:
- The New York Mets remain interested in Justin Upton. The Padres were rumored to be scouting the Mets farm system recently. He also lists the New York Yankees, Baltimore Orioles, Texas Rangers, and Giants as teams that could use an outfield bat.
- San Diego people have yet to determine that they are considering themselves “full-time sellers.”
- Most in baseball believe that Justin Upton, Ian Kennedy, Joaquin Benoit, and Will Venable have a decent chance to go, as it has been widely reported.
- After his poor outing in Texas recently, rival evaluators think that the Padres wouldn’t get much back for James Shields, whose name has been in trade talks.
- Craig Kimbrel has value, but Heyman notes that the club probably couldn’t get the same value the Atlanta Braves got when they traded him in April.
- Tyson Ross and Andrew Cashner are possible trade chips. Ross loves San Diego and prefers to stay with the organization.
- The Padres continue to have a need at shortstop, and inquired on Milwaukee Brewers’ infield prospect Orlando Arcia, though the Brewers are high on him and from the sounds of it, would not deal him.
- They aren’t looking to acquire a third baseman, and one option is to put Jedd Gyorko or Corey Spangenberg (once healthy) there, at least for now.
- Wil Myers (wrist surgery) is in the “strength portion” of his rehab and could begin baseball activities sometime soon, A.J. Preller said in a recent interview on the Mighty 1090 (12:50 mark). It’s good to hear some progress when discussing Myers, who could return sometime around September if all goes well.
- Tim Federowicz (torn meniscus) began his rehab assignment with the Low-A Fort Wayne Tincaps. So far, he’s 3-13 with a double, home run, and 3 RBI. He’ll need a good amount of at-bats given the fact he missed the most of Spring Training.
- The Padres have scouted the Rangers’ and Houston Astros’ farm systems in recent weeks, writes Jim Bowden of ESPN.com (insider access only). Both farm systems are filled with talent and could be potential trade partners at the deadline to help replenish the depleted farm system.
- One section of the Preller interview that stood out was on the topic of James Shields and Craig Kimbrel, (5:30 mark). He said this in the interview (paraphrased), “We see Kimbrel and Shields as guys that are a part of the core group going forward in the weeks and months.” This echoes similar statements from ownership about how the idea was building a core group of players and not tearing down what has been built up in the past eight months.
- The Padres released the franchise’s 2016 All-Star Game logo today, which represents San Diego and the franchise well. The logo could be hint at the colors that could be a part of the rumored 2016 uniform redesign.