Considering A Padres Fire Sale

The Padres are 8.5 games out, and it’s only April 28th.  It’s not a good place to be.  Obviously they aren’t throwing in the towel yet, but if they have a similarly ugly May a fire sale could be in order.  Let’s speculate on some trade possibilities.

  • Greg Maddux.  The Padres’ highest paid player at $10MM, Mad Dog is calling his own shots at this point.  I imagine he’d prefer to stay put.
  • Brian Giles.  The team’s leadoff hitter still knows how to draw a walk.  He doesn’t hit lefties much but his overall numbers would look a lot better away from Petco.  He earns $9MM this year and has a $3MM buyout for ’09.  He can block trades to eight teams and gets a $2MM increase if dealt.
  • Jim Edmonds.  He’d have to shake off the slow start and remain healthy.  Makes $8MM with no-trade protection; the Cards are paying $2MM of his salary.
  • Trevor Hoffman.  Even if Hoffman loses the closer gig a trade seems unlikely.
  • Randy Wolf.  He might be one of the Padres’ more tradeable commodities.  He’s signed reasonably and just needs to remain healthy.  Everyone needs pitching.
  • Khalil Greene.  Greene gets $4.5MM this year and $6.5MM in ’09.  Trading him only makes sense if a good young shortstop comes back.
  • Others: Tadahito Iguchi, Tony Clark, Glendon Rusch, Michael Barrett (if healthy).

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