According to the Elias Sports Bureau, the Padres became the first team in MLB history to get shut out for their first three games of the regular season. San Diego started the season on Monday against the Dodgers, where they lost 15-0. They followed up that performance with a 3-0 loss on Tuesday and a 7-0 loss on Wednesday.
While the Padres are set to face off against the Colorado Rockies, who play in a hitter-friendly ballpark and surrendered 19 runs to the Arizona Diamondbacks in their respective three-game series, things are not looking good in San Diego. In a division that features two of the better teams in all of baseball (Dodgers, Giants), the Padres need to figure out their issues quickly. Whether that means trading their better players to re-tool the farm system, or gain some MLB-ready talent to right the ship, something needs to change.
Can you think of a team that has some MLB talent and potential prospects they are looking to get rid of?
The Boston Red Sox have one of, if not the, best farm system(s) in all of baseball. Top prospects such as Yoan Moncada, Andrew Benintendi and Anderson Espinoza project to be cornerstone players for the next great Red Sox team. However, the Red Sox have a log jam at most positions around the infield. Rafael Devers (3B, #2 overall prospect), Sam Travis (1B, #7 overall prospect), Deven Marrero (SS, #9 overall prospect), and Michael Chavis (3B, #10 overall prospect) are just a few of the many top 30 prospects that could entice the San Diego Padres to trade a player like Tyson Ross.
While some prospects are more valuable that others and could get more in return, this is definitely something to think about for Boston as they try to figure out if the 2016 team is a contender or not. Additionally, the Padres could be interested in Pablo Sandoval or Rusney Castillo in a salary-swap deal in return for a player like Matt Kemp or James Shields. Tyson Ross and/or James Shields could help solidify the starting rotation, while Matt Kemp could give the Red Sox an everyday outfielder that takes some of the pressure off of Rusney Castillo, Chris Young, or whoever is in left field.