Report: Padres still exploring trades
We’re one day shy of February, but the revamped Padres might not be entirely done with their offseason overhaul.
New Padres general manager A.J. Preller continues to search for ways to upgrade his team, even after creating a power-hitting outfield via trades for Justin Upton, Wil Myers and Matt Kemp, according to FoxSports.com’s Ken Rosenthal.
Rosenthal tweeted Saturday that Preller has been in touch with the Phillies about left-hander Cole Hamels, and also is interested in young Brewers infielder Luis Sardinas — who was acquired by Milwaukee in the Yovani Gallardo deal — as a potential shortstop solution.
Rosenthal notes that Preller worked with Sardinas in Texas, though there hasn’t been any recent contact between the two teams.
Although the Padres traded away many of their young prospects in acquiring the outfield trio, they were able to hold onto Minor League outfielder Hunter Renfroe and catcher Austin Hedges — ranked No. 48 and No. 51, respectively, in MLB.com’s recent Top 100 Prospects list. Right-hander Matt Wisler (No. 69) probably also would be discussed in potential Hamels talks.
Although Rosenthal notes some are skeptical San Diego has enough to acquire Hamels, it’s clear Preller isn’t shutting the door on landing the lefty ace.
— Cash Kruth