After a busy week last week that included three trades over consecutive days, the San Diego Padres remained quiet since last Friday’s deal that sent Craig Kimbrel to the Red Sox. Behind the scenes, things aren’t as quiet as they seem.
According to Ken Rosenthal of FoxSports.com, the Padres are in trade discussions involving who some consider the face of the franchise, Matt Kemp, and the arguably the club’s best starting pitcher, Tyson Ross.
In a recent interview on the Mighty 1090, USA Today’s Bob Nightengale says the interest in Kemp from other teams is limited due to his large contract and health issues. He’s owned $87 million over the next four seasons, with the Dodgers paying $3.5 million of that contract each season. Nightengale suggests that Kemp would have to be paired with a talented player such as Ross to pull off a deal. That, of course, would limit the return the Padres would get back with Ross.
Trading Ross by himself would net the team a larger and more talented return. Even though it is 2015, looking back at the the last major trade the Padres did involving a young, controllable starter is something worth looking at.
Prior to the 2012 season, the club pulled off a blockbuster move, trading Mat Latos to the Reds for Yonder Alonso, Brad Boxberger, Yasmani Grandal and Edinson Volquez. All four are in important parts of their respective teams today. While the trade market might be different this season, Ross is a young controllable starter who could net the team something similar, as Latos was in a similar position at that time.
The club is also looking at other options for Ross. The club is considering offering him a contract extension, reports Jeff Sanders of the San Diego Union Tribune. Ross is a legitimate piece to build around, as he as the upside to be an All-Star-caliber pitcher.
My prediction: Kemp is still on the Padres when this offseason ends and so is Tyson Ross. However, if a deal blows away the front office, they might have to pull the trigger on trading Ross. Similar to the Latos deal of 2011, close or major league controllable talent would be ideal.
- Former Padres reliever Doug Bochtler will be the club’s next bullpen coach, tweets Dennis Lin of the San Diego Union Tribune. Like new Padres manager Andy Green, Bochtler was in the Diamondbacks organization as the pitching coach for the club’s Low-A farm team. He pitched for the Padres between 1995 and 1997.
- Alan Zinter will become the club’s new hitting coach, tweets Corey Brock of MLB.com. Last season he worked as the Astros assistant hitting coach.
- Jacque Jones, who was Triple-A El Paso’s hitting coach the past few seasons, has left the organization to become the Nationals’ assistant hitting coach, tweets James Wagner of the Washington Post.
- The Padres will promote outfield and base-running coordinator Tarrik Brock to become the first base coach, tweets Dennis Lin. He filled that same role for the Astros in 2014.
- Todd Hutcheson, who has been a part of the organization since 1982 and been the head trainer for 18 seasons, will not return next year, tweets Jay Paris of the Mighty1090.com.
- Both Manuel Margot and Jose Rondon were added to the 40-man roster, according to the club’s transaction page. Margot was a key piece in last week’s Kimbrel trade. Rondon has some legit tools, and is seen as a possible big-league infielder in the future.
- Also, the club has signed left-handed pitcher Ramon Benjamin and right-handed pitcher Juan Arias to minor league contracts in recent weeks.