You had to make the deal, didn’t you? Subtract a star, add more kids.
So the deal is done, and from where you are sitting, it looks like another San Diego fire sale in a city besieged in recent years by raging wildfires.
Huston Street-the dominant relief pitcher, goes to the Angels for 4-top young prospects. Depending on who you talk to, the Angels paid a steep price to get the closer for their World Series hopes, or the Padres just did what they had promised they would no longer do, dealt away veterans making big money for younger players.
Younger players, RJ Alvarez a hot young minor leaguer; Taylor Lindsey-a 2nd baseman with some power; young shortstop Jose Rondon-who can hit in Class A; and young pitcher Ev Morris.
That’s the issue, trading a proven major leaguer for 4-kids you hope will get to the majors.
Asking today, what is the Padres biggest need? An outfielder with some power? Needed today or for tomorrow (2015). Did San Diego get one? No. Did the Angels have some to deal? Yes.
And that’s the issue. The Halos desperately needed a relief ace. San Diego had the leverage. The Angels are loaded with outfield bats. You know about Mike Trout-Josh Hamilton.-Kole Calhoun. But the Halos had extras, CJ Cron, JD Schuck, Grant Green. Any one of them could have helped today and tomorrow.
This deal may sentence San Diego to a 100-loss season, this year, and maybe next year. You’re just hoping these kids work out, but more times than not they all don’t pan out.
Next up, they’re going to move veteran 3rd baseman Chase Headley and outfielder Chris Denorfia for prospects. People are calling about starter Ian Kennedy too.
The Padres just dealt away a valuable bargaining chip, and didn’t get anything to help this paralyzed offense. How is that good in San Diego.
Who got the better of the deal? San Antonio is going to have a really good team next year in the Padres farm system.