San Diego is making a splash this offseason as the Padres trade prospects in return for Blake Snell. The Trade: Tampa Bay Rays Trade LHP Blake Snell to San Diego Padres for RHP Luis Patino, RHP Cole Wilcox, C Francisco Meija, and C Blake Hunt.

Padres Trade Prospects – What Does It Mean for the Padres?

The Padres just got better. They get a Cy Young winner for two big upside arms and two catchers.

The Friars have had one of the best farm systems in baseball for the past three-ish years and they really didn’t lose much in the trade.

Patino is a guy that I think has frontline starter potential and now that he is in Tampa, look for him to break out. Aside from him, Wilcox hasn’t debuted yet, Meija hasn’t done anything in his short time in the big leagues, and Hunt hasn’t touched High-A baseball yet. Wilcox is an expendable arm for them because of the stacked pitching talent in this system, but look for Tampa to work some magic on him.

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Cole Wilcox pitching at the University of Georgia.

Hunt is a nice piece, but they have some depth at the catcher position. Meija is a throw in to me and a guy I have never been high on. So, to wrap up that rant, they traded four guys that they didn’t need and probably won’t miss for a Cy Young winner. This gives them a legit rotation with room to add more, because of all of the young talent they have, to go get someone else. Blake Snell, Dinelson Lamet, Chris Paddack, Mike Clevinger (when he is back from injury) plus the myriad of young arms they have in the minors.

They have top prospect Mackenzie Gore who could debut this year. Adrian Morejon showed some promise this past season. Michel Baez, Joey Lucchesi, Reggie Lawson, Anderson Espinoza. They have several options to put together a top rotation in the NL. I haven’t even mentioned a lineup that features Fernando Tatis Jr. and Manny Machado. This trade puts the Padres in a position to beat the Dodgers.

Padres? Beat the Who?! – Padres Trade Prospects

Yes, you read that right, I said beat the Dodgers. The Dodgers have a lot of free agents from those teams that have been to the World Series. And it seems like they’ve been involved in the last 10 World Series.’

Trent Grisham had a good season last year. Wil Myers had a big year, and Eric Hosmer started to play up to that big contract he signed. This team is fun and they are star-studded. Their is a lot of talent on this team and AJ Preller isn’t shy about making splash-type moves to win…right now.

Blake Snell and Dinelson Lamet are probably one of the best one-two punches in the NL, and you have Tatis Jr. and Machado on the left side of the infield. I would look for Preller to address the bullpen. Roster resource currently has Drew Pomeranz as their closer. If the Padres are going to go for a World Series title, they probably don’t want him closing out ball games, although he is coming off a good season. Slide him back to a 7th or 8th inning role and go sign a Liam Hendricks to close out games. If Preller does that, their bullpen looks like this: 

  • CL Liam Hendricks
  • 8th Emilio Pagan or
  • 8th Drew Pomeranz
  • 7th Pierce Johnson (or)
  • 7th Matt Strahm

All of those guys are coming off of big seasons except Pagan, but I’d expect a bounce-back season from him because he has really good stuff. Just imagine a July rubber-match game of a Padres-Dodgers series and you have Blake Snell versus Clayton Kershaw. Snell throws 6 scoreless and can hand the ball off to those guys. For those of you that think the baseball offseason is boring, go thank AJ Preller…because he isn’t done and this is going to be fun.

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