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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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Steve is the founder of Friarhood.com. A native San Diegan, he grew up watching Dan Fouts and Tony Gwynn. A former sports talk show host, but always a fan of the Padres and Chargers.