San Diego Padres AM Talk: The Noah Syndergaard discussions are back at the forefront with one top prospect off the table.
Happy Hump Day, Friar faithful. Another day has passed by with no San Diego Padres rumors coming to fruition, however, the team wasn’t completely out of the news. Dan O’Dowd caused a stir online after tossing up his trade proposal for New York Mets starting pitcher Noah Syndergaard on MLB Network.
The former general manager of the Colorado Rockies offered a package of Noah Syndergaard and catcher Travis d’Arnaud for LHP Joey Lucchesi, catcher Austin Hedges, and RHP prospect Chris Paddack. This isn’t a substantiated rumor, just O’Dowd’s thoughts and opinion on a potential Mets/Padres deal.
What we do know is that Austin Hedges and Manuel Margot have been discussed in a potential deal, per Dan Federico, and that the Padres have declared Fernando Tatis Jr.untouchable, something we already knew.
O’Dowd’s proposal is interesting, and would surely cause a meltdown among New York Mets fans, but from the Padres’ perspective, it is a no from me. Chris Paddack has emerged as one of the most dominant pitching prospects in baseball and fans should get their first look at him in a Padres uniform at some point in 2019.
Yes, you have to spend big to get a big return like Syndergaard, however, there are plenty of other elite prospects in this San Diego system that could be included in a Thor deal that would make both teams feel confident in their returns (not named MacKenzie Gore).
At the end of the day, the Mets want a massive return and AJ Preller isn’t going to just offer up the farm for one pitcher. I believe one of two things will happen, either the talks can’t progress and stall or a contending team comes in at New York’s asking price to secure what they believe will be a move that puts them in a position to make a World Series run in 2019. The odds of a deal between New York and San Diego appear to drop lower and lower.
Franmil Reyes is back in San Diego.
Not exactly the news Padres fans want to see after Franmil Reyes was tearing through the Dominican winter league. What makes this even more concerning is the fact that it is a knee injury to a 6’5″ and 275-pound outfielder. Hopefully, this is just a precautionary move made by San Diego to protect their 2019 starting right fielder.
On this date in MLB history.
On this date in 2005, the Toronto Blue Jays gave closer B.J. Ryan a five-year/$47 million deal after saving 36 games and striking out nearly 13 hitters/9 innings for the Baltimore Orioles that season. After putting up an even better 2006 season in which he recorded 38 saves, a 1.37 ERA, and a 0.86 WHIP, Ryan would go on to pitch just 82 more innings across the next three years. He tried to catch on with the Chicago Cubs in 2009 but never appeared in a game and ultimately retired.
Enjoy your Wednesday, San Diego Padres fans. If you haven’t, check out AJ Cassavell’s latest that includes quotes from AJ Preller on the three players San Diego recently traded for, including Esteban Quiroz.