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RUMOR: Twins nearing blockbuster trade for Padres’ Chris Paddack

Chris Paddack, Minnesota Twins, San Diego Padres

The San Diego Padres are still looking to get a trade through the door ahead of Opening Day. After failing to land Jose Ramirez, who re-upped on a monster extension with the Cleveland Guardians, the Padres have reportedly engaged in trade talks with the Minnesota Twins. The Athletic’s Ken Rosenthal reports the Twins and Padres are nearing an agreement over a blockbuster trade involving Padres’ hurler Chris Paddack.

It remains to be seen what the Twins are offering in exchange for Paddack, who was once considered one of the brightest young pitchers in baseball. The right-hander enjoyed a sensational rookie season in San Diego, logging a 3.33 ERA across 26 starts. His production has fallen off a cliff in the two seasons since, however, and the Padres are now looking likely to cut ties with Paddack as a result.

Since 2020, Paddack has recorded a 4.95 ERA and 1.25 WHIP across 167.1 innings and 34 starts in a Padres uniform. He struck out 157 batters in that span, surrendering a total of 29 home runs. His ERA last season was a career-worst 5.07 as he fell out of favor in San Diego’s rotation.

It seems the Padres have run out of patience with the 26-year-old’s development and will ship him to Minnesota where he’ll look to turn around his career.

Paddack was a former 8th round pick by the Miami Marlins in 2015, who regrettably traded him to the Padres in exchange for veteran reliever Fernando Rodney.