MLB Trade Rumors: Joey Gallo On-Deck for the San Diego Padres?
The Padres swung a big trade on Sunday landing Pirates All-Star Adam Frazier in a four player trade. Pittsburgh will also send $1.4 million to the Padres in the deal as well.
The Pirates will receive three prospects from San Diego, right-hander Michell Miliano, short stop Tucupita Marcano and outfielder Jack Suwinski. According to MLB Pipeline, Marcano was the Padres No. 5 prospect in their system.
MLB Pipeline described Marcano as, “a slender and wiry middle-infield type, who still needs to fill out his 6-foot frame. As he does, the Padres are seeing him grow into a bit of pop. But his contact skills are the defining characteristic. Marcano’s short left-handed stroke produces line drives all over the field. At times, his hand-eye coordination is almost too good, and he’d be better served being more selective within the strike zone, swinging at pitches he can do damage with. Still, Marcano can differentiate balls from strikes as well as anyone, and he complements his excellent plate approach with above-average speed.”
Frazier entered Sunday hitting .327 with four home runs and 32 RBIs.
With the trade, the Padres now have an infield full of All-Stars. Manny Machado, Fernando Tatís Jr. and Jake Cronenworth all went to Denver representing the Padres. Now they will add Frazier to that mix and he will serve as a super utility player for the manager Jayce Tingler.
The Padres now have both starting middle infielders from this month’s All-Star Game, and can now trot out a potential infield of:
1B Jake Cronenworth, All-Star
2B Adam Frazier, All-Star
SS Fernando Tatis Jr., All-Star
3B Manny Machado, All-Star
— AJ Cassavell (@AJCassavell) July 25, 2021
Joey Gallo Next on Padres Wishlist?
Despite adding Frazier, reports out of San Diego are saying general manager AJ Preller isn’t dont making moves. The Padres are expected to add another starter to their rotation and have been heavily linked to Rangers slugger Joey Gallo.
It’s unclear whether the Rangers want to try and trade Gallo to the highest bidder or re-sign the slugger. The Athletic’s Ken Rosenthal believes that Preller would sell the farm for the Gallo.
“I think Gallo is the one guy A.J. might unload for,” said Gallo.
Dennis Lin of The Athletic who covers the Padres thinks that the Rangers could potential get back prospect Robert Hassell III in a deal for Gallo.
Heading into the weekend, Hassell was boasting a .410 batting average and a .533 on-base percentage. The 19-year-old prospect will be one of the players teams will ask for in any potential trade with San Diego.
The Padres could look to add some of the Rangers pitching in a Gallo deal. Kyle Gibson will be another sought after name in Texas and the Padres have a need in their rotation.
Prelller has been a complete wild card in San Diego and could make any sort of trade at any moment. It’s believed ownership will allow their general manager to spend more money in their quest to win a World Series.
“I think he’s been ready for this moment, San Diego’s been ready for this moment. I think ownership has been ready for this specific moment, so I don’t think anything’s holding anybody back at this point,” said Padres’ Wil Myers.
If the Padres want to trade their top premium talent for Joey Gallo and more it could be the final pieces to the puzzle. Preller should make another move before Friday’s trade deadline. Until then Padres fans anxiously await what’s next?
– Chris Henrique (@ChrisHenrique on Twitter)
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