Padres reportedly called Red Sox about Cespedes

The Padres are believed to have reached out to the Red Sox regarding a potential trade for outfielder Yoenis Cespedes, according to MLB.com’s Corey Brock.

Cespedes has been a popular name in trade talks after Boston signed Hanley Ramirez earlier this week, with the intention of moving him to the outfield. The addition of Ramirez certainly leaves the Sox with a surplus of outfielders, making Cespedes expendable for the right price. In addition to Ramirez and Cespedes, the Red Sox currently have outfielders Rusney Castillo, Mookie Betts, Shane Victorino and Jackie Bradley Jr. all on the roster, along with Allen Craig, who could also play a corner outfield spot if necessary.

As for as a return, the Padres could send Ian Kennedy to the Red Sox. Kennedy would serve as a consistent option in the middle of the Red Sox rotation and would become even more valuable to the Sox if they are able to land Jon Lester to put at the top of the rotation.

It’s unclear at this point just how serious the trade talks are, but the Padres certainly seem intent on upgrading their offense — and they could soon be running out of free agent targets. After missing out on Pablo Sandoval and with Cuban outfielder Yasmany Tomas still undecided on where he will sign, the Padres’ best bet for improvement may need to come via the trade market.

— Paul Casella

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