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Padres expected to pursue trades for starting pitching

Jun 24, 2013, 7:42 PM EDT

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We heard yesterday that Edinson Volquez is drawing interest from multiple teams, but don’t take that to mean that the Padres are sellers.

CBS Sports’ Jon Heyman reports that the Padres will attempt to upgrade their starting rotation leading up to the July 31 non-waiver trade deadline. While the club currently sits at 38-38 on the year, their starters rank 25th in the majors with a 4.56 ERA. And Heyman hears that they have at least had discussions about a familiar face.

Their limited revenues could prevent serious runs at any ace who may hit the trade market, though in what seems like a positive sign anyway, there’s word Padres people at least internally have discussed some bigger names — including even their former star Jake Peavy (though there’s no evidence they’ll make a serious run at Peavy in particular).

Of course, Peavy was drafted by the Padres in 1999 and spent the first eight years of his career with the club before being traded to the White Sox in July of 2009. Currently sidelined with a non-displaced fracture in his rib cage, the 32-year-old right-hander is still owed around $22 million through the end of 2014.

Not surprisingly, Heyman considers names like Ricky Nolasco and Bud Norris as more realistic targets, though there figures to be plenty of competition for them. Bill Center of the San Diego Union-Tribune mentioned the Orioles’ Jake Arrieta as a possibility yesterday.

  1. dondada10 - Jun 24, 2013 at 9:20 PM

    Really wish Niese hadn’t gotten hurt. I don’t think Sandy Alderson would’ve moved him, but a young lefty with a friendly contract could’ve brought in a haul at the deadline.

  2. knowlegeforyou - Jun 24, 2013 at 9:30 PM

    Maholm and JR Graham for Headley

    • bigmeechy74 - Jun 25, 2013 at 1:10 PM

      LOL fans of teams are hilarious. They just suggest the most lopsided deals ever. Yankee fans will say somethin like “Joba and Austin Romine for Bryce Harper?” Laker fans will say “Metta World Peace and Steve Blake for Kyrie Irving?” LOL like the padres would make that awful trade! HAHAHAHAHAAH

  3. pisano - Jun 24, 2013 at 9:57 PM

    Hughes, Joba, and a minor league player for Chase Headley, Cashman would jump all over that one!

    • Old Gator - Jun 24, 2013 at 10:32 PM

      Why, are any of them women in disguise, like the stoning mob in Life of Brian?

    • paperlions - Jun 25, 2013 at 7:51 AM

      Of course he would, because that would be a freaking horrible deal for the Padres.

      • stex52 - Jun 25, 2013 at 12:13 PM

        Get that kind of discussion all the time on team websites. Usually starts something like “Yeah let’s just trade that reserve shortstop for a #2 pitcher and we are fixed.” Or “Why don’t we unload our 4th outfielder for two or three top prospects.”

        Operative assumption seems to be that no one but our team knows the true value of that player, and they would just do ANYTHING to get him.

    • 161andriver - Jun 25, 2013 at 8:51 AM

      Joba and Hughes value 2013 <<<<<<< Joba and Hughes value 2007. They have almost no trade value. It would be a rental of two talented but flawed players.

    • bigmeechy74 - Jun 25, 2013 at 1:11 PM

      Wow. I just made a comment and then saw this and it proved my point. I will edit and post again: LOL fans of teams are hilarious. They just suggest the most lopsided deals ever. Yankee fans will say somethin like “Joba and Austin Romine for Bryce Harper?” Laker fans will say “Metta World Peace and Steve Blake for Kyrie Irving?” LOL like the Padres would make that awful trade! HAHAHAHAHAAH

  4. jcprsd - Jun 24, 2013 at 11:36 PM

    Some rotation help would be nice. Here’s another article that touches on this very topic. http://sportsfansnews.com/mlb/friar-fan-feedback-friday-whos-buying/

    • bigmeechy74 - Jun 25, 2013 at 1:57 PM

      spam

  5. steelernation88 - Jun 25, 2013 at 2:33 PM

    Give the Pirates a call, James McDonald should end up on the market, as the emergence of people like Locke and Cole (maybe even Jeanmar Gomez) has made him unneeded in the ‘Burgh.

  6. whitesoxman77 - Jun 25, 2013 at 9:39 PM

    GUYZ!!! Let’s trade Brent Lillibridge for Mike Trout, Albert Pujols, and CJ Wilson!!! CAZHMANZZZ WOULD JUMP ALL OOOOVVVEERRRR DAT!!!

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