Now is the time, in the next few days before the trade deadline rumors are going to be flying. The Padres are right in the middle of things. The team is playing very well as of late and continuing to surprise the baseball “experts”. What all Padres fans have to know is the padres are not the Yankees, Red Sox, or Angles. They can’t just throw millions of dollars around and afford to make a mistake. I have no problem with the lack of spending, shelling out money and winning games has no direct correlation, although it does help. The Padres front office is not looking to spend ten plus million dollars on a rent a player, nor are they wanting to drain the farm system they are trying to build. This puts the Padres front office in a hard position with the fans wanting to win now, and who wouldn’t. The new men in charge Jeff Morad and G.M. Jed Hoyer have some work to do and some big decisions to make. My take on the team right now is the outfield is looking strong with Denorfia and Cunningham playing well. A utility infielder and another starting pitcher to eat up innings is what we need. With Eckstein injured it would be ideal for the Padres to add to the team with a guy who could play second base. Also I would look for a player to hit from the right side and hopefully provide some power to a left sided heavy lineup that needs some pop. The ideal player would provide all of this with an affordable price tag as well as be good in the locker room. A few options are Ted Lilly of the Cubs making 13 million, Jake Westbrook of the Indians making 11 million, and Brett Myers of the Astros making 3.1 million. After looking at this the obvious choice is Brett Myers affordable having a great year and would look great in a spacious Petco Park. Some infielders the Padres should look into are Miguel Tejada of the Orioles making 6 million, Ty Wiggington of the Orioles making 3.5 million, and Jeff Keppinger of the Astros making 1.15 million. I would love for the Padres to get the San Diego native Ty Wiggington with some good power but not much defense. Also something that could really make sense would to make a deal with the Astros for both Myers and Keppinger for the low price of a combined 4.25 million and a not to high of a price tag of prospects in return.
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About the Author
Written by Jeff Burke
I am 25 years old living in sunny San Diego. I am married to my beautiful wife Kara. I have been a Chargers and Padres fan through the good times and the bad. I played baseball at Poway high school and Monterey Peninsula college. I have won eight fantasy championships on yahoo since 2001.