Earlier today, we noted that the Padres are in active discussions with free agent shortstop Ian Desmond, as reported by Jon Paul Morosi of FOX Sports. From a purely baseball perspective, Desmond would make a world of sense for San Diego given the offensive pop he can provide at his position. However, one has to imagine that the Padres are wary of the price tag Desmond carries. The Padres also might not be crazy about forking over that kind of cash if they don’t believe that they can contend in 2016.
Here’s a look at a couple more items from Morosi’s Sunday article:
- The Nationals are still working to trade Drew Storen, Morosi writes. MLBTR projects Storen to earn $8.8MM in his final year of arbitration, a number that is probably more than they’d like to pay a set-up man and higher than suitors would be comfortable with paying. Still, the Nats now have Shawn Kelley, Trevor Gott, Yusmeiro Petit, and left-hander Oliver Perez in the bullpen and there’s not a clear need for him there. Storen, theoretically, would serve as Jonathan Papelbon’s set-up man, but that’s a role that he struggled with after the 2015 trade deadline.
- Look for the Brewers to move Khris Davis at the July trade deadline or even before that point, Morosi writes. The Brewers could, theoretically, move him now, but there are many quality free agent outfielders still on the board for teams with a need. Davis, 28, slashed .247/.323/.505 with 27 homers across 440 plate appearances last season. The left fielder won’t be arbitration eligible until after the 2016 season. First-year GM David Stearns appears set on a rebuild and moving the valuable Davis would be a good place to start.