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Could the Padres and Rays Make Another Trade? 

The Rays have just signed SS/3B Asdrubal Cabrera, and as Ken Rosenthal reports “They are open to trading Zobrist and/or Yunel Escobar”.  The Padres currently have super utility man Alexi Amarista slated to start at SS, but could use an upgrade.

Zobrist only has on year left under contract at $7.5MM.  Last season he played in 146 making stops at all three OF spots, 2B, and SS.  The 2-time All Star can still swing it at the age of 33 .272/.354/.395.  As a switch hitter could provide some balance to the lineup as well as some top of the order presence.

Escobar’s contract is not as team friendly.  He’s owed $12MM over the next two seasons with a $7MM team option in 2017 with a $1MM buyout.  Not always known as the most clubhouse friendly guy, Escobar provides a solid glove, while hitting .258/.324/.340



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  • RealityPls54

    As long as they don’t move Cashner, Ross or Kennedy, let’s not go crazy over hitting and loose our best arms over it.

  • Sam

    Get rid of Cash… That’s about all he’s worth . #overrated #bust

  • ChrisF

    Zobrist would be a great fit at ss and given our team full of cleanup and 5 hitters, he’d be the best fit as the leadoff guy. Doesn’t cost you much more than what you just got rid of with Smith, and may be a good candidate for an extension of 2 or 3 years. No shortstop a in the system at this point. I still think there might be a fit with the Cubs or Rangers for a guy that could play short and lead off. Question is what do you give up? There is some depth at pitching at this point and moving Wisler might be worth it but I’d really like to get more than a year for our top prospect.