The July trade deadline has passed and everyone can take a quick breather, unless your team did nothing to capitalize on potential trades- like the San Diego Padres.
The Padres originally planned on decreasing their pay roll by trading away some of their talent to realistic playoff contenders in exchange for younger and less expensive players, but the team did absolutely nothing to accomplish this. Their star outfielder, Justin Upton, had gained the interest of several teams including the Houston Astros and Baltimore Orioles, but when it came to the 4 p.m. deadline on Friday, Padres’ General Manager A.J. Preller came up with nothing.
Upton has 18 home runs, 56 RBIs, and 17 stolen bases this season and will be a free agent at the end of the season. Preller acquired Upton over the winter to give the Padres a chance at the postseason, but the team is 8 games behind in the NL West and 6.5 games back in the NL Wildcard.
In addition to the failure to trade Upton, Jayson Stark reported that New York Yankees were interested in San Diego’s closer Craig Kimbrel, but the Padres thought they could get a better deal for Kimbrel and ended up with no deal at all.
— Jayson Stark (@jaysonst) July 31, 2015
So what is the excuse for this failure? Preller said that he believes the team can make it to the postseason via the Wild Card spot with the roster they have now. The odds are not in their favor to make the playoffs and this dismal involvement in trade deadline will not help their chances at all. San Diego needed to get some young, fresh talent on the team to even think about chasing the Wild Card spot. It will be interesting to see how this risky move from Preller will play out for them.
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