Times are busy for the San Diego Padres as the July 31st trade deadline approaches. Their temporary general managers have a number of players to potentially deal in a trade market that is decidedly in favor of sellers. The Padres might not want to tear things down completely and start over, but they are certainly in a position to rebuild.
The potential of making such deals is now tangible for the Padres, as they landed three prospects from the Los Angeles Angels in exchange for closer Huston Street. From there they will have to weigh the positives and negatives of trading players who might get more or less than Street.
One player who would demand a larger return would be starting pitcher Andrew Cashner. Unfortunately for potential suitors, teams like the New York Yankees, Cashner is not availble. According to Andy Martino of the New York Daily News:
The Padres are early sellers, but will not deal ace Andrew Cashner, according to execs familiar with their plans, and might hold onto Ian Kennedy, too. Regardless, the Yanks are not currently engaged on Kennedy, according to sources. We’re also told that the Yankees are not interested in Bartolo Colon or the Cubs’ Edwin Jackson.
Cashner has battled injuries in 2014, but when he has been on the mound he has been sensational. Through 12 starts he has a 2.36 ERA, 2.84 FIP, and has struck out batters at a 7.0 K/9 clip. If you are inclined to point to his 2-6 win-loss record and say that he has not had a good season, please see yourself out.
If available, he could have commanded a haul. But he’s not, and he will be one of the players around whom the Padres look to build their team back up to relevance.