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About that Padres pitching staff …

One of my most recent Hot Stove posts boasted this headline (done by me, of course): Padres: Pitching not required.

On Wednesday, the team signed right-hander Josh Johnson to a one-year deal worth $8 million.

So what do I know? Wait, don’t answer that.

Actually, in all fairness to myself, the Padres’ top priority this winter — and it still remains so — is finding a left-handed bat. They weren’t going to add a pitcher just for the sake of doing so.

But adding Johnson gives them not only depth but a top-of-the-rotation kind of arm to help fill an improved rotation, even if he carries some risk.

The Padres have more depth within their starting ranks than they’ve had in years, which leads me to believe it’s entirely possible that to land that left-handed bat — and I’m not talking a platoon guy — but someone with upside, that they could package some pitching together to make that happen.

Let’s look at the rotation candidates as it stands today (no specific order):

Andrew Cashner, Ian Kennedy, Johnson, Eric Stults, Tyson Ross, Burch Smith, Robbie Erlin, Joe Wieland, Cory Luebke with several other youngsters close, like highly-regarded Matt Wisler.

What’s the old saying? You can never have too much pitching. That’s probably true, but in order to get an impact bat, if they feel that’s their true need, they may have to part with with of the aforementioned arms and a prospect to do so.

– Corey Brock

11/17 Roundup

When a team is looking to improve on one facet of its club, it helps when it has a surplus in another area. Read ahead in today’s Hot Stove roundup to find out which club is in such a situation, and plenty of other news:

  • Between Jurickson Profar, Elvis Andrus and Ian Kinsler, the Rangers have a wealth of infield depth. The Dallas Morning News‘ Evan Grant reports the Rangers could very well trade one of those players (with some top prospects also working their way into the picture) to fill other needs. “We have three guys at the major league level and two guys at Double-A [Rougned Odor and Luis Sardinas]; it would be irresponsible not to consider it,” general manager Jon Daniels told Grant. “Will we ultimately make a deal? I really don’t know. Teams are getting the lay of the land, see what’s out there and make a decision.”
  • The Blue Jays are looking to add starting pitching talent. But would they be willing to part ways with Jose Bautista in order to get it? The Boston Globe‘s Nick Cafardo says it’s a possibility.
  • Cafardo also notes there’s a “growing sentiment” that the Padres will deal third baseman Chase Headley this winter.
  • It’s no secret the Tigers need a closer, and Joe Nathan and Brian Wilson are two names that have been closely linked to Detroit. It was reported earlier this week that there has been mutual interest between the Tigers and Nathan, but Buster Olney tweeted that the Tigers may prefer Wilson because of salary.
  • Right-hander Jeff Samardzija has the potential to be a building block for the Cubs moving forward, and David Kaplan is reporting that the Cubs have reached out to him about a contract extension. Samardzija, who will become a free agent after the 2015 season and turns 29 in January, had a 4.34 ERA last year and logged a career-high 213 2/3 innings.
  • Because of the unique structure of Bryce Harper‘s contract and some unresolved issues, the Washington Post‘s Adam Kilgore reports, Harper and the Nationals could be looking at a grievance hearing next winter.

– Joey Nowak

Padres not in on Nolasco

A report circulated Friday that the Padres were one of the teams in pursuit of free agent pitcher Ricky Nolasco.

That’s not true, a source said Friday.

Nolasco is expected to command a multi-year deal, perhaps as great as four years in length. That, of course, would carry a pretty steep price tag as well.

The Padres, who would like to add a starting pitcher, won’t go that far on a deal. And pitching isn’t their top priority of the winter.

The first priority for the team remains finding a left-handed hitter to help them remedy their woeful offensive output against right-handed pitchers in 2013.

That could likely come through a trade, though free agents David Murphy and Nate McLouth are names the team might be considering.

– Corey Brock

Padres: Pitching not required

It’s no secret the Padres — especially playing in a big ballpark — have tried to built their team with run prevention in mind.

That equates to pitching and defense. Lather, rinse, repeat.

This winter, the team hasn’t placed pitching atop their off-season wish list. They’re reasonably happy with the arms and the depth they have for the rotation going into 2014.

There are plenty of candidates for five spots — Andrew Cashner, Tyson Ross, Ian Kennedy and Eric Stults are essentially assured of spots. Robbie Erlin, Burch Smith, Joe Wieland, Cory Luebke (if healthy) will be in the mix and young arms like Juan Oramas, Matt Wisler, Matt Andriese, Donn Roach and Keyvius Sampson might not be far off.

That’s not the say the Padres will turn their back on arms this winter. However, a deal — and any additions would likely come through trade, not free agency — would only be for a front of the rotation type starter or someone who offers long-term value.

Instead, the Padres will focus mostly on finding a left-handed bat after the team went through a woeful season against right-handed pitchers.

– Corey Brock

Giambi in, Perez out in Cleveland

The Indians wasted no time getting down to business on Thursday, re-signing designated hitter Jason Giambi to a Minor League deal and releasing closer Chris Perez.

The Tribe also traded for Minor League left-handed reliever Colt Hynes from the Padres for cash considerations.

Giambi was an important presence off the bench and in the clubhouse for the Indians this season and is expected to fulfill a similar role in 2014. He was signed to a Minor League deal with a non-roster invite to Major League Spring Training. The slugger hit three pinch-hit home runs and drove in 31 runs in 71 games (54 starts at DH), leading the club with an RBI per at bat ratio of 6.0ab/RBI in 2013.

Perez, the team’s former closer, struggled down the stretch in 2013 and was granted his unconditional release on Thursday. He will become a free agent after going 5-3 with a 4.33 ERA in 54 relief appearances.

– Joey Nowak

D-backs trade Kennedy to Padres

The Padres have acquired starting pitcher Ian Kennedy, who won 21 games just two years ago, according to MLB.com’s Corey Brock.

MLB.com’s Steve Gilbert previously reported that Arizona was nearing an intra-division exchange that  included Kennedy and San Diego’s southpaw reliever Joe Thatcher.

The D-backs will receive Thatcher, Double-A Pitcher Matt Stites and a compensatory Draft pick.

In 21 starts this season, Kennedy is 3-8 with a 5.23 ERA. Thatcher has logged a 2.10 ERA in 50 appearances for the Padres.

Arizona has a bit of depth in its starting rotation, with Brandon McCarthy and Trevor Cahill both expected to soon rejoin the big league club. Kennedy had been previously linked to the Angels, in addition to the Padres.

The D-backs trail the Dodgers by 3 1/2 games in the National League West. San Diego stands 8 1/2 games back.

–Zack Meisel

D-backs close to dealing Kennedy

Arizona is nearing a deal with the Padres that would involve starting pitcher Ian Kennedy, who won 21 games just two years ago. According to MLB.com’s Steve Gilbert, the intra-division exchange would include San Diego’s southpaw reliever Joe Thatcher.

In 21 starts this season, Kennedy is 3-8 with a 5.23 ERA. Thatcher has logged a 2.10 ERA in 50 appearances for the Padres.

Arizona has a bit of depth in its starting rotation, with Brandon McCarthy and Trevor Cahill both expected to soon rejoin the big league club. Kennedy had been previously linked to the Angels, in addition to the Padres.

The D-backs trail the Dodgers by 3 1/2 games in the National League West. San Diego stands 8 1/2 games back.

–Zack Meisel

7/30 Afternoon roundup: One more day

We’re about 24 hours away from Wednesday’s non-waiver Trade Deadline, and it still has been a pretty quiet week. Some wheels were evidently set in motion on Tuesday afternoon, so let’s take a look at where some things stand around 5 p.m. ET:

  • White Sox starter Jake Peavy and Astros starter Bud Norris were both scratched from their Tuesday starts, and rumors started flying. The D-backs have interest in Peavy — Arizona GM Kevin Towers has history with the right-hander dating back to their San Diego days — along with a handful of other clubs with starting pitching needs.
  • The Phillies called up third base prospect Cody Asche, prompting rumors about Michael Young leaving town, but Young was slotted into Tuesday’s starting lineup when it was first unveiled this afternoon. There have been reports that Young’s no-trade clause would be waived only for a deal to the Rangers, though MLB.com’s Todd Zolecki reported a Texas reunion is “unlikely” and the Red Sox and Orioles have also been tied to Young. And on top of the Young chatter, there are still rumors flying about Chase Utley, Jonathan Papelbon and Cliff Lee.
  • Tigers GM Dave Dombrowski told reporters on Tuesday afternoon that the Jose Veras deal was the big one that Detroit wanted to take care of, and the Tigers are not looking for a bat (even with shortstop Jhonny Peralta looking at a possible suspension with his ties to Bioegenesis). Javier Lopez and Kevin Gregg are other bullpen names that have been floated in connection with the Tigers.
  • A league source tells MLB.com‘s Joe Frisaro that if there’s any darkhorse team who could put together the right package to land Miami slugger Giancarlo Stanton, it would be the Red Sox.
  • Even with a wealth of quality relievers, it might be a quiet Trade Deadline for the Padres.
  • The Cubs have already dealt away some big pieces, and manager Dale Sveum says that any rumors about starting pitcher Jeff Samardzija being the next to go are “far-fetched.” Kevin Gregg and right fielder Nate Schierholtz could be a different story, though.

– Joey Nowak

A quiet Trade Deadline for the Padres?

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

 

Padres singular need: Starting pitching

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

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