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The A’s are pulling off yet another deal on Tuesday afternoon, with outfielder Seth Smith heading to San Diego in exchange for reliever Luke Gregerson. Chris Kusiolek reported it first, and the teams made it official around 4:45 p.m. ET.
This move certainly strengthens the A’s already-sturdy bullpen ahead of newly-acquired closer Jim Johnson. Gregerson has held an ERA under 3.00 each of the last three seasons with the Padres. Smith hit .246 with 22 homers and 92 RBIs over the last two seasons (242 games) with the A’s. The Oakland outfield was becoming crowded after the acquisition of Craig Gentry from Texas today.
– Joey Nowak
It’s certainly beginning to look that way.
Granted, things can change quickly between now and Wednesday’s non-waiver Trade Deadline and the Padres might still be blown away by an offer for, say, one of their relievers.
But for now, it appears there’s a good possibility the team won’t make any moves.
If you read rumors about the availability of outfielder Carlos Quentin, move on. He’s not and has never been on the table as far as trade discussions. He holds a no-trade clause and he’s been approached about waiving that right.
As much as the Padres would like to add a starting pitcher — and they will before the start of Spring Training — they might have a better chance to make a deal after the regular season.
Yes, the Padres have some interesting trade pieces, especially relievers Luke Gregerson and Joe Thatcher, but the market is still flooded with relievers, leading to speculation that contending teams won’t need to overpay to add an arm.
Again, this could all change in the time it takes me to hit the ‘publish post’ button, but I won’t be surprised at all if the Padres wait until the off-season to make big changes to their roster.
– Corey Brock
No, this isn’t news.
A month ago, when the Padres were still in the thick of the National League West race, they were looking for starting pitching to bolster their rotation.
Now, even after tumbling out of the race due to a bad month of July, the Padres still need starting pitching — not so much for the rest of 2013 but for 2014 and beyond.
It’s a strong possibility that the trio of Jason Marquis (Tommy John surgery), Clayton Richard and Edinson Volquez won’t return in 2014.
That leaves Andrew Cashner, Eric Stults and Tyson Ross as the leading candidates for starting jobs in 2014. Go ahead and add two players coming off Tommy John surgery, Cory Luebke and Joe Wieland, to that mix as well.
The Padres know they need to add starting pitching between now and the start of Spring Training and they have a few interesting pieces they could sell high on, no more so than reliever Luke Gregerson.
Going into Saturday’s game against the D-backs, the Padres had a starting pitcher go seven or more innings just 20 times in the first 104 games of the season.
The Padres would love to add a pitcher that they can control through 2014 (and, if possible, beyond).
Their best chance to do so could come between now and Wednesday’s deadline. If not, they’ll try to strike a deal in the off-season.
Either way, the team will add starting pitching. It’s just a matter of when.
– Corey Brock