The San Diego Padres continue to glide along this season playing tremendous baseball. The lone thing going against them is that the NL West has turned out to be a loaded division with the Giants leading the way and the Dodgers in second. The Padres are still only 5 games back in the division and look poised to make the wildcard game at worst.
With the MLB Trade Deadline lurking, the Padres will certainly be buying if they opt to do anything.
According to Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic, the Padres may be willing to go big for Texas Rangers outfielder Joey Gallo.
At least one other club, though, is practically panting for Gallo – the Padres, who are run by the sport’s most fearless deal-maker, A.J. Preller.
“I think Gallo is the one guy A.J. might unload for,” said one official who has been in touch with the Padres.
A lineup that already features Manny Machado and Fernando Tatis Jr., some might think San Diego would opt to add pitching at the deadline. Adding Gallo would make their lineup that much more lethal around those two plus the likes of Eric Hosmer, Jake Cronenworth, Wil Myers, Tommy Pham and more.
One thing that seem certain is that the Padres won't get stuck with their tail between their legs at the trade deadline. San Diego sure sounds like they will be aggressive in adding players that can help push this team over the hump in the NL West and deep into the postseason come October. A bat like Gallo could be just the answer.