NL West Rumor Mill: 10/31/13
Now that the 2013 MLB season has officially come to a close, the offseason is finally here. With the offseason comes many rumors, and for all things regarding the Padres and the NL West, we’ll keep you updated. Here’s what is being whispered already:
> Earlier this week, Bill Shaikin of the Los Angeles Times reported that the Padres have interest in Angels first baseman Mark Trumbo. The Angels are reportedly looking for young controllable pitchers this offseason, which the Padres have plenty of. The question is though: are the Padres interested in Trumbo as a first basemaen or as a corner outfielder?
> Jon Heyman of CBS Sports reported Monday that left-handed starter Clayton Richard opted for free agency after being outrighted by the Padres. It was a move that was expected, so the Padres chose to address the issue immediately rather than wait until the non-tender deadline in early December. If Richard doesn’t receive any major league offers this winter, don’t be surprised if he returns to the Padres on a minor league deal.
> Over the last weekend, Joel Sherman of the New York Post mentioned in an article that the Padres “recently completed organizational meetings in Arizona and came away believing they will retain Chase Headley in his walk year rather than trade him.” San Diego will listen to offers, but right now, they are in a win-now mentality and would have to be blown away by somebody’s offer to consider trading him.
Glen Miller of The Friarhood has his thoughts of what the Padres should do with Headley this winter. See what he says here.