The San Diego Padres have been one of baseball’s biggest disappointments this season.
Despite being aggressive spenders in the offseason, they find themselves in fourth place in the NL West with a record of 44-50.
They are 10.5 games back of first place in the West and eight back in the Wild Card race.
San Diego has also lost three in a row.
With the Padres out of contention, it’s anybody’s guess as to what their trade deadline will look like.
The deadline is officially two weeks away.
On Monday, Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic discussed the Padres and what they could do at the deadline, and proposed the idea of them selling instead of buying.
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— Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) July 17, 2023
Rosenthal notes that the Padres have done a lot of buying over the past few years.
Last year, they traded for Juan Soto and Josh Hader.
In the offseason, they added Xander Bogaerts, Michael Wacha, Seth Lugo, and Matt Carpenter.
However, with them out of contention, Rosenthal believes that it might make sense for them to sell.
Hader and Blake Snell are both on expiring contracts and could net the Padres a huge return in exchange.
Rosenthal also noted that Soto could be a trade piece.
Soto is not a free agent until after the 2024 season, but still could be on the list for the Padres to deal if they ultimately decide that selling is their best path forward.
San Diego could be saying goodbye to some big names in the next few weeks, and Rosenthal believes that they may be best served selling instead of buying.NEXT: Padres Decide To Demote Austin Nola