In Search For An Outfielder – San Diego Padres


In Search For An Outfielder –  San Diego Padres

So far, we have identified the following outfielders as possible targets for the Mets:

                Atlanta – Reed Johnson
                Arizona – A.J. Pollock
Baltimore – Nolan Reimold
                Boston – Jerry Sands
                Chicago Cubs – Brett Jackson
Chicago White Sox - Dayan Viciedo
Cincinnati – Chris Heisey
                Cleveland – Thomas Neal -
                Colorado – Dexter Fowler
Detroit – none
Houston – J.D. Martinez
Kansas City – none
Los Angeles Angels – Mark Trumbo
Los Angeles Dodgers – Alex Castellanos
Miami Marlins – Gorkys Hernandez
Milwaukee Brewers – Khris Davis
Minnesota Twins – None
Oakland Athletics – Grant Green
New York Yankees – None
Philadelphia Phillies - none
Pittsburgh – Jose Tabata
Seattle – Casper Wells
We now move on to the San Diego Padres, who currently  eleven (11)… yes, that’s right…  11 outfielders on their 40-man. There must be somebody here that is vulnerable:

                Yeison Asencio – righty – pre-ARB -  A – 350/AB, .323
                Kyle Blanks – righty –  $605K-2013 – ARB2-2014 – MLB, 5-AB -
                James Darnell – righty –  ARB1-2015  -  MLB, 17-AB -  AAA: 116-AB, .267
                Jaff Decker – lefty –  pre-ARB -   AAA: 174-AB, .201
                Chris Denofia – right –  $2.25 thru 2014 – MLB, 348-AB, .293 – RF -
                Mark Kotsay – lefty –  $1.3mil thru 2013 – FA-2014 – MLB, 143-AB, .259
                Rymer Liriano – righty –   pre-ARB -  AA:  465-AB, .280
Cameron Maybin – righty – $8.1mil thru 2016 – MLB, 507-AB, .243 - CF
Edinson Rincon – righty –   pre-ARB -  AA:  .494-AB, .291
Will Venable – lefty –   ARB2  -  MLB, 417-AB, .264, RF -
Carlos Quentin – righty - $8mil thru 2015 – MLB, 284-AB, 16-HR, 46-RBI

Carlos Quenton played his ass off in the backend of the season so he’ll be back. So will the contract of Maybin. And, the platoon of Denofia and Venable seems to be working just fine.
What they next have to do is figure out who the 5th outfielder will be and what to do with the others. Two, Kotsay and Blanks (1B and IR ) are under contract for 2013.
Liriano is your top prospect, but he’s a year away. Strangely, they don’t have another outfielder in their top 20 prospects.

Mets target – San Diego is on record saying they are happy with their 25-man and three of their top four outfielders are right handed hitters.  

My target:  trade OF Corey Vaughn for OF James Darnell - San Diego needs OF help in the future, not now. Darnell may not be a top prospect but he’s MLB ready.  Excellent 2011 in AA ball: .333/.434/.604/1038, 17-HR, 62-RBI… 2012:  .267 in AAA… 116-AB, 7-HR, 21-RBI… Wiki: After being drafted by the Padres in 2008, Darnell was assigned to the Short-Season Eugene Emeralds of the Northwest League. In 16 games Darnell hit .373 with nine runs, 25 hits, six doubles, two home runs and 15 RBIs. Darnell was promoted to the Class-A Fort Wayne TinCaps of the Midwest League in 2009. He hit .329 with 17 doubles, seven home runs and 38 RBIs in 66 games with the TinCaps before his promotion to the Class-A Advanced Lake Elsinore Storm of the California League. With the Storm he hit .294 with 18 doubles, 13 home runs and 43 RBIs in 60 games giving him a combined total of a .311 average with 35 doubles, four triples, 20 home runs, 81 RBIs, eight stolen bases and 87 walks. At seasons end he was named as the Padres' Organizational Player of the Year by MLB.com


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