The San Diego Padres are reportedly open to trading from their rotation or catching depth in order to create financial flexibility to add outfield help. Michael Conforto is the best remaining option on the outfield free agent market and would make the most sense for the Padres to pursue.
However, it was recently reported that Conforto injured his shoulder during a January offseason workout which stalled his free agency. But talks have picked up once again and he is expected to sign in the near future.
San Diego has plenty of depth in the starting rotation and behind the plate. Yu Darvish, Blake Snell, Joe Musgrove, and Mike Clevinger are virtual locks for the rotation. That leaves only one spot for Chris Paddack, Nick Martinez, MacKenzie Gore, and Ryan Weathers to battle for. The Padres also have four catchers with legitimate chances of making the big league roster. Their options include: Austin Nola, Victor Caratini, Jorge Alfaro, and Luis Campusano.
But their outfield depth is extremely thin. Trent Grisham is the starting center fielder and Will Myers will likely start in right field. That leaves a hole in left field which is calling Michael Conforto’s name.
Trading some of their excess starting pitchers or catchers could provide an opportunity to receive prospects or cheap Major League talent in return. That way, even if Conforto signs elsewhere, San Diego would still benefit from a potential trade.
They would probably pull the trigger on a deal prior to Opening Day if they decided to make a trade. It will be interesting to see if any of this comes to fruition and the Padres land Michael Conforto.