New Padres CEO Jeff Moorad did an online chat with fans for MLB.com today. A few highlights:
- When asked about the idea of signing Adrian Gonzalez to an extension in 2010, Moorad replied, "Why wait until 2010?"
- Moorad reiterated that he is willing to keep Jake Peavy, but tossed in the caveat that "no one player is untouchable."
- In reference to the July 31st trade deadline, Moorad would be "open to adding an appropriate player or two" if the team is within striking range.
At this writing, the Padres are 11-10, three games behind the Dodgers in the NL West. They rank 10th in the NL at 4.33 runs scored per game and 13th with a 4.77 ERA. Bright spots: Gonzalez, David Eckstein, Nick Hundley, Scott Hairston, and Heath Bell.
The biggest needs appear to be a shortstop and starting pitching. Just for fun: what do you think about a midseason run at Miguel Tejada? What pitcher would you like to see Kevin Towers target?