The San Diego Padres might be offensively challenged, but they still have some position players to offer in potential trades between now and July 31st. Considering the uncertain future of the organization, most anybody will be considered available. The question would be which guys will draw the most interest.
Their main trade chips are the two stalwarts in the back of their bullpen: Joaquin Benoit and Huston Street. But they also have productive and/or versatile outfielders to offer. Jon Heyman of CBS reports that Seth Smith and Chris Denorfia are getting attention from rival executives.
#padres are getting hits on seth smith and chris denorfia but the most hits are on the relievers, street & benoit
— Jon Heyman (@JonHeymanCBS) July 1, 2014
Scott Miller of Bleacher Report also reports that the Padres are shopping outfielders in their trade discussions with other teams.
The Padres have concluded that their roster needs a significant overhaul, and several players are expected to be shopped: closer Huston Street, starter Ian Kennedy, outfielder Seth Smith, third baseman Chase Headley and center fielder Cameron Maybin among them.
Deals involving San Diego’s pitchers, both in the starting rotation and the bullpen, will probably get more attention and draw more interest. But the skills of a masher like Smith or athletic outfielders like Maybin and Denorfia might also draw interest.
With the Padres completely reshaping their organization, it sounds like anybody is available. Depending on how interested trade suitors are, San Diego could be one of the more active teams in the trade market. That the Padres will trade pitchers is not surprising. That they will also trade position players, however, might be somewhat unexpected but still appears to be the case.