Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Padres Trade Chips

The Padres got pounded 14-5, at the hands of the Boston Red Sox Monday night. The team sits at 30-44, and it is obvious that the ship has sailed on 2011. The team has been a complete disaster in every facet of the word, and it is time for Jed Hoyer to look to the future. Here are some of the trade chips that the San Diego Padres have at their disposal.

  • Heath Bell, Closer.  Signed through 2011, at $7.5 million.  Eligible for free agency after the season.  Bell is one of the Padres best trade assets, and should bring back at least two quality prospects. He has been one of the best closers in the game the last few years, and he has racked up 107 saves in the last 2 1/2 seasons. His strikeout rate is way down, but has still been effective in save situations. Possible Suitors:  Angels, Mariners, Brewers, Cardinals, Yankees, Rangers.
  • Ryan Ludwick, Outfielder. Signed through 2011, at $6.7 million.  Eligible for free agency after the 2011 season.  Ludwick had a miserable 2010 with San Diego, and his start to 2011 was just as bad, but he has come on as of late. For the year he has a line of .260/.328/.401, with 9 HR's and 45 RBI's.  He is playing above-average defense in left, and is hitting .285 away from Petco.  Possible Suitors:  Brewers, Cardinals, Mariners, Indians, Tigers.
  • Chad Qualls, Relief Pitcher. Signed through 2011 for 1.5 million. Has a club option for 2012 for $6 million, with a $1.05 million buyout. Qualls has pitched much better in 2011, after an abysmal 2010 campaign.  He has a 2.52 ERA, although his strikeout rate is at a career-low. Petco has been his friend, as he has a 0.96 ERA at home, and a 4.24 on the road.  Possible Suitors: Mariners, Red Sox, Yankees, Tigers, Phillies.
  • Aaron Harang, Starting Pitcher:  Signed through 2011 for $3.5 million, and a mutual option for $5 million. Has a $500k buyout.  Dealing Harang is incumbent on his return from the DL. He's had a solid 2011, going 7-2 with a 3.71 ERA. Shouldn't cost too much, and can be a good back-end pitcher for a contender.  Possible Suitors:  Red Sox, Yankees, Rangers, Indians, Twins.
  • Mike Adams, Relief Pitcher. Signed for 2011 at $2.5 million. Arbitration eligible for 2012.  Adams is simply one of the best setup men in baseball. He has a 1.39 ERA, and strikes out more than a batter an inning. I believe that he may have more value than Heath Bell, but he is eligible for arbitration for 2012, so the Padres may not be inclined to move him.

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