The San Diego Padres have already traded away relief pitcher Huston Street, and there’s a good chance reliever Joaquin Benoit will be following him out of town. There isn’t a very good chance Benoit will be leaving for the Dodgers, however.
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The Dodgers indeed have interest in Benoit, per Ken Rosenthal, but the Padres are reluctant to deal the pitcher within their own division.
Helping the Dodgers get better in the short term while the Padres themselves only sink deeper into irrelevance would arguably not be a good look for the embattled San Diego franchise. Then again, isn’t the idea to help yourself any way you can? If the Dodgers offer the best deal, who cares about the rivalry thing?
What if the prospect or prospects you get back from Los Angeles turn out to be really good and Benoit turns out to be really bad? Then you can say you fleeced the Dodgers.
The Padres appear to be taking a somewhat narrow-minded view of things by refusing to deal with the Dodgers. There’s probably a reason why that organization remains lost in the fog.
The Pads need to show some onions and trade Benoit wherever it makes the most sense to trade him. Or not trade him. Or do whatever they think is best for the long-term health of the team. Not making a deal just because it looks bad to the fans is stupid.