No Arrieta, so now what?
The Padres continue to pursue pitching, though one target they’ve liked for a long time — Jake Arrieta — is likely off the table now that he’s been traded from the Orioles to the Cubs.
The Padres have liked Arrieta since last season and have had discussions with the Orioles since the Winter Meetings about obtaining the right-hander, who many figure will benefit from a chance of scenery.
So unless the Cubs have plans to flip Arrieta to the Padres, San Diego general manager Josh Byrnes will continue to look for pitching to aid the starting rotation.
There’s still plenty of time, of course, before the July 31 non-waiver trade deadline but there’s a sense that business could pick-up for teams now that the first chips have been exchanged in the Cubs-Orioles deal on Tuesday.
— Corey Brock