Padres Rumors: Seeking a Starter
The trade winds have picked up early and to the joy of Padres fans, rumors are about the team buying, and not selling. Over the weekend Bill Center of utsandiego.com threw out the name Jake Arrieta. Who? Not exactly a name fans are going to rally behind. In that same story, Center stated that teams are inquiring about Edinson Volquez and Anthony Bass.
Ken Rosenthal chimed in:
If the Padres make a trade, they would prefer a pitcher who is under control beyond this season. By that measure, the Astros’ Bud Norris and Brewers’ Yovani Gallardo would be preferable to potential free agents such as the Marlins’ Ricky Nolasco and Cubs’ Matt Garza.
Peter Gammons took a break from watching the Red Sox to tweet:
GM rumors du jour:Garza to Padres(Reymond Fuentes, 2 other Hoyer/McLeod prospects), Nolasco to Giants.
A few thoughts of my own (and you are encouraged to respond to all of this below).
- I like the idea of moving Volquez now that he has value.
- I really like the idea of bringing in a top shelf arm such as Gallardo or Garza
- Gallardo is due $7.75MM in 2013, $11.25MM in 2014, and has a club option for $13MM in 2015. A move for Gallardo would send a strong message to the fan base. He’s 27, an all-star, an ace, and from Mexico. Padres have the players/prospects to make this happen.
- Matt Garza is a free agent after 2013, so he is essentially a rent-a-arm. The Cubs asking for Fuentes plus two prospects is far too much in my opinion. The one plus to acquiring Garza early is that he can help the team make a push and if the team falls out of the race, they can flip him to another team before the deadline.