The Padres have been busy the last few days. Saturday the Angels acquired Huston Street, and Trevor Gott from the Padres for Taylor Lindsay, Jose Rondon, R.J. Alvarez, and Elliot Morris.
According to Minor League Ball (link) Taylor Lindsay, 2B, was the Angels’ top rated prospect. R.J. Alvarez, RHP, was rated 7th in the Angels’ farm system; and Jose Rodon, SS, was rated 8th.
The Padres then traded Chase Headley to the Yankees this afternoon for prospects Yangervis Solarte, and Rafael De Paula. You can argue that the Padres waited too long to trade Headley, but the Padres were a few picks to be a sleeper team the past few seasons.
Nothing the Yankees gave up was really anything that great. Solarte was a minor league free agent, and De Paula wasn’t a highly ranked prospect by the Yankees.
The Angels really, really, overpaid for Street and Gott; but the Yankees pretty much got a rental in Headley for nothing, and the Padres had to fork over $1MM to New York.
Heading into the season the Padres’ farm system was ranked 11th in baseball, per Baseball Prospectus. Given the little time that has passed since the trade its hard to find an updated ranking with the new prospects, but Jose Rondon is now ranked 8th, and Taylor Lindsay is ranked 9th in the Padres’ farm system.
What is interesting about all of this is that one June 23rd, the Padres fired their general manager Josh Byrnes. In the meantime Senior Vice President for Baseball Operations Omar Minaya, and assistant General Managers AJ Hunch, and Fred Uhlman are collaborating and making the day-to-day baseball operations for now.
For a team with no general manager, the Padres’ front office is making some moves. IT shouldn’t be surprising if the Padres make more moves form here. Ian Kennedy, Joaquin Benoit, and maybe Carlos Quentin could be dealt.
San Diego doesn’t have to go overboard, however. San Diego only has six contracts on the books next season, and payroll is only at about $70MM. I would bet that Kennedy, and Benoit are flipped but I don’t think, personally, any moves will happen after that.
Whichever way the Padres decide to go, It should also be noted that the Padres have had a ton of injuries this season: Yonder Alonso, Everth Cabrera, Andrew Cashner, and Jedd Gyorko, just to name a few.