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ESPN's Pedro Gomez believes that Wilmer Flores is on the verge of signing with an NL West team.

Of the NL West teams, the Diamondbacks and Padres would seem to make the most sense. The Diamondbacks could have him platoon with Jake Lamb at first and also start against righties on occasion, with Lamb at third and Eduardo Escobar somewhere else on the diamond. The Padres have a vacancy for him at third, but his defensive issues there would be a problem.
Jan 16 - 2:38 PM

Dennis Lin and Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic report that the Indians, Padres and Reds have discussed a three-team trade that would send Corey Kluber to Cincinnati.

The Padres would want to acquire Nick Senzel from the Reds in the trade, but Lin cautions that Cincy "does not want to move" the top prospect and "no deal is close" at this time. San Diego is on the lookout for a third baseman and it appears this is just one of the scenarios they've kicked around. The Padres have been connected to Kluber a few times this offseason, but Lin says it would be to flip him to another team.
Jan 14 - 8:24 PM

Jon Paul Morosi of MLB.com reports the Padres and Indians have remained in contact regarding a potential trade for starting pitcher Corey Kluber.

Morosi says the Padres have taken their five best prospects off the table (SS Fernando Tatis Jr., LHP Mackenzie Gore, C Francisco Mejia, 2B Luis Urias and RHP Chris Paddack). However the Padres loaded farm system is stocked with plenty of desirable prospects they would be willing to trade, including pitchers Adrian Morejon, Michel Baez, Logan Allen, Cal Quantrill and Anderson Espinoza along with hitters like Buddy Reed, Josh Naylor and Tirso Ornelas. Morosi says young major leaguers Manuel Margot, Hunter Renfroe, Joey Lucchesi or Eric Lauer could be part of a deal. Morosi reports the Dodgers continue to be involved in Kluber trade talks as well.
Source: MLB.com
Jan 12 - 8:58 AM

MLB.com's Joe Frisaro reports that the Marlins are "engaged in substantive discussions with six clubs" regarding a J.T. Realmuto trade.

Those six clubs have been identified as the Braves, Dodgers, Astros, Padres, Rays, and Reds. The asking price remains sky-high on Realmuto, but it seems to be a near certainty that he will be dealt away before the beginning of spring training next month. The 27-year-old catcher slashed .277/.340/.484 with 21 home runs and 74 RBI over 125 games last season for the rebuilding Marlins. He is under team control through 2020 via salary arbitration.
Jan 10 - 1:15 PM

Jon Morosi of MLB Network reports that the Padres remain interested in acquiring Sonny Gray.

Morosi also mentions that the Padres have made no progress in a deal for Corey Kluber, with earlier reports suggesting that the Indians want a Chris Sale-esque return for their ace. He also mentions that the availability of Gray -- once considered likely to be dealt -- may be the biggest issue now, as there are concerns that CC Sabathia may not be ready for the season after undergoing heart surgery. Gray's value would go up if he's pitching in the National League, but right now, there's a good chance he stays in the New York rotation -- at least until we see where Sabathia is in terms of his readiness.
Jan 7 - 8:42 AM

Shi Davidi of Sportsnet reports that the Padres will acquire Connor Panas from the Blue Jays in exchange for left-hander Clayton Richard.

Panas, 25, was a ninth-round selection of the Blue Jays from the 2015 draft. He slashed .232/.296/.359 with nine homers, 39 RBI and four stolen bases in 105 games at Double-A New Hampshire in 2018.
Sun, Dec 30, 2018 05:07:00 PM

MLB.com's AJ Cassavell writes that the Padres are "very much a part of trade talks for the Yankees' Sonny Gray."

Gray is coming off a poor season for the Yankees, but there seem to be a lot of teams ready to bet on him having a bounce-back year in 2019, with the Brewers, Mariners, Reds, Braves, Rangers, Twins and A's reportedly joining the Padres in pursuit of the righty. A move to the National League and Petco Park would be a nice boost to Gray's fantasy potential.
Source: MLB.com
Sun, Dec 30, 2018 02:59:00 PM

MLB.com's Jon Morosi reports that the Padres "have continued talks" with the Marlins about a possible J.T. Realmuto trade.

This have been quiet on the Realmuto trade front over the last few weeks, really since the Winter Meetings, but this is always a quiet time on the baseball calendar as teams and players shut things down around the holidays. Realmuto seems certain to be dealt before the opening of Marlins camp in February. The Padres, Dodgers, Astros, Reds, and Rays have been linked to the 27-year-old catcher most recently. Morosi notes that Padres could trade Austin Hedges for pitching if they're able to secure Realmuto.
Thu, Dec 27, 2018 12:55:00 PM

MLB.com's Jon Morosi reports that the Padres have "emerged as a strong contender" to land Corey Kluber from the Indians.

Morosi notes that the Padres and Indians "are engaged in discussions," but adds that "one person with knowledge of the talks does not believe the Padres have eclipsed the Dodgers as favorites to land Kluber -- yet." San Diego's top two prospects -- shortstop Fernando Tatis Jr. and left-handed starter MacKenzie Gore -- are believed to be off the table entirely, but catcher Austin Hedges and outfielders Manuel Margot and Hunter Renfroe are apparently among the names under consideration for a potential Kluber swap. The Padres have also been connected to Blue Jays starter Marcus Stroman.
Source: MLB.com
Wed, Dec 26, 2018 04:34:00 PM

Jon Morosi of MLB Network reports that the Padres are discussing a trade for Blue Jays' right-hander Marcus Stroman.

Morosi notes that while none of the Padres' truly elite prospects would be included in a deal for Stroman, pitching prospects Michel Baez and Logan Allen have been mentioned as possibilities. Baez and Allen are ranked as the seventh and eighth best prospects in the Padres' system according to MLB Pipeline.
Sat, Dec 22, 2018 05:20:00 PM

Joe Frisaro of MLB.com reports that the Astros are "back in the mix" for Marlins catcher J.T. Realmuto.

Frisaro writes that prospect outfielder Kyle Tucker "remains a target" in a potential trade, though it's unclear if the Astros are willing to part with him. It's possible they'd be more willing to do so after reportedly nearing a deal with Michael Brantley. The Dodgers, Padres, and Rays are also involved in talks for Realmuto, though there doesn't appear to be a frontrunner at this time.
Tue, Dec 18, 2018 10:19:00 AM

Dennis Lin of The Athletic reports that the Padres have interest in Dallas Keuchel.

However, Lin notes that Keuchel's asking price is "currently prohibitive" for the Padres. The veteran left-hander has been connected to numerous teams -- the Nationals, Phillies, Braves, Reds and Blue Jays among them -- but might not sign for a while given that he's a Scott Boras client and the best free agent starter left on the market.
Fri, Dec 14, 2018 05:21:00 PM

Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic reports that has agreed to terms with the Padres on a two-year, $8 million contract, pending a physical.

It's a bit of a surprise that the 36-year-old got a multi-year deal, but the Padres aren't risking much money here. Kinsler batted just .240/.301/.380 with 14 home runs and 16 stolen bases last season for the Angels and Red Sox in a second straight down year at the plate. Per Rosenthal, the Padres plan to keep Luis Urias at second base and use Kinsler at third base and in a leadership role for Urias and Fernando Tatis, Jr.
Fri, Dec 14, 2018 03:12:00 PM

Dennis Lin of The Athletic reports that the Rangers and Padres have discussed a deal involving Jurickson Profar.

Lin cautions there is nothing imminent. Profar has been the discussion of several trade rumors this winter, as the former top prospect finally had a breakout season at the age of 25 with a .253/.335/.458 line along with 20 homers and 10 steals. He's also shown versatility to play in several spots, but he would make the most sense as a third baseman for the Padres. San Diego just happens to have the best system in baseball, so you'd have to think there's a match to be made here, if both parties are motivated.
Thu, Dec 13, 2018 05:25:00 PM

According to Ken Rosenthal and Dennis Lin of The Athletic, the Padres are among the teams with interest in free agent Marwin Gonzalez.

Gonzalez is a fit for just about every club in the major leagues because of his ability to play all over the diamond defensively. Rosenthal says the Padres are looking for someone who can play shortstop until top prospect Fernando Tatis Jr. is ready and then shift into more of a utility role. Gonzalez had a down year with the Astros in 2018, but the versatile 29-year-old batted .303/.377/.530 with 23 home runs and 90 RBI over 134 games in 2017.
Wed, Dec 12, 2018 06:40:00 PM

Yusei Kikuchi's agent Scott Boras said Wednesday that the Japanese left-hander will meet with interested teams later this month in Los Angeles.

Kikuchi has already drawn interest from a range of different clubs but the early word is that he prefers to play on the West Coast. He's been connected to the Padres, Dodgers, and Mariners, and Henry Schulman of the San Francisco Chronicle reported Monday that the the Giants might be his "first choice." The 27-year-old southpaw posted a 3.08 ERA and 153/45 K/BB ratio over 163 2/3 innings this past season with the Seibu Lions in Japan.
Wed, Dec 12, 2018 03:04:00 PM

According to Joel Sherman of the New York Post, the Marlins told the Padres that they have the "prospect inventory" to acquire catcher J.T. Realmuto.

The catch is that the Marlins haven't told the Padres what the package of players would need to be. The Padres would almost certainly want to hang on to top prospect Fernando Tatis, Jr., but they have plenty of really good prospects and young players beyond that. They could be a darkhorse here.
Tue, Dec 11, 2018 01:33:00 PM

MLB Network's Jon Morosi reports that the Padres have continued to talk to the Yankees about a possible trade for Sonny Gray.

It looks like a near certainty that the Yankees will be dealing the embattled right-hander this offseason after he struggled to a 4.90 ERA during a disappointing 2018 season. The Brewers, Athletics, Reds, Braves, Rangers and Twins have all been mentioned as possible destinations for Gray, but no landing spot would be better for his fantasy value than the spacious confines of Petco Park in San Diego.
Sun, Dec 9, 2018 10:30:00 PM

Jon Morosi of MLB Network reports that the Padres have "genuine interest" in acquiring J.T. Realmuto from the Marlins.

The Padres are in the market for an upgrade behind the plate and Realmuto definitely qualifies there. He'd add another big bat to the middle of the lineup as well as terrific defense behind the dish. The Mets are the team that has been mentioned most often as the team looking to snag the All-Star catcher from the Marlins, but perhaps they'd prefer to deal him out of the division instead, which could give the Padres a leg up.
Sun, Dec 9, 2018 10:24:00 PM

Jim Bowden of The Athletic reports that the Mets, Phillies, Padres, Braves and Rays are still "in" on trade talks involving J.T. Realmuto.

Bowden adds that the Dodgers, Rockies, Brewers, Astros and White Sox have also had talks with the Marlins but haven't been as aggressive as the aforementioned teams. The Marlins reportedly are reluctant to trade Realmuto within the division, so it's possible the Mets and Phillies might have to offer a little more than the other clubs to sway Miami. Realmuto is under team control for two more seasons.
Fri, Dec 7, 2018 04:50:00 PM


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