Saturday, July 24, 2010

Could Alex Gordon be a fit for the Padres?

As July 31 approaches, many speculate that the Padres will be a "buyer" at the trading deadline. The name I was looking for as a Padre fan, was David Dejesus. Well, since hes out of the picture there really isn't a whole lot to work with. Corey Hart, Jose Guillen and Luke Scott aren't exactly names that make me excited for a World Series run. But perhaps there is a dark horse candiate for the Padres to acquire. I throw out the name, Alex Gordon of the Kansas City Royals.

For those of you who aren't familiar with the work of Alex Gordon, I will break it down for you.

Alex, was the second overall pick in the 2005 Draft, and was heralded as the next George Brett. I remember watching Opening Day in 2007, and the fans in Kansas City gave the young man a standing ovation. While he hasn't completely been a bust, he has been a disappointment to say the least.

He has shown flashes of being a solid player, hitting 31 HR's in his first two seasons, something that would likely make him a clean-up hitter and the Padres lineup. Alex has also increased his value while being demoted to AAA earlier this season, by learning to play the outfield.

His stats in a demotion to AAA also merit attention, hitting .315, with 14 HR's and 44 RBI's and he's slugged a Pujols-like .577. He has ability to play the corner outfield, as well as the corners in the infield.

I feel that if you put this guy in the right situation, he could be primed for a breakout. It may be too late to get it together in Kansas City, but a trade to San Diego could be just what the doctor ordered.

He could get at bats playing a little left, take some at bats from Chase Headley(who's been a disappoinment himself) and even give the great Adrian Gonzalez a breather from time-to-time. He could make just as much of an impact as a has-been like Jose Guillen. Plus I have like 9 Alex Gordon rookie cards, so start mashing so I can sell those things!

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