In Paul Depo's newest post he challenges his readers to be the Padres GM for the upcoming trade deadline. He asks you to consider two points:
1) we've played well below our expectations, and 2) we were a timely hit away yesterday from being just seven games out of an underachieving division.
So I challenge you, Gaslamp Ball readers, What would you do as the Padres GM? I'll add a poll just like Paul's but I want specific moves.
The most likely canidates to be moved given the newest information are Randy Wolf and Greg Maddux. I don't really see Maddux going anywhere at this point so Randy Wolf is a goner. Our most glaring needs are bullpen help, centerfield, and catcher. We could also use a new SS, as I don't think we'd miss Greene's overrated defense (If you belive in rFA).
As for catcher, we have a catcher in the system named Mitch Canham who looks AWESOME and hopefully should be starting for us in a couple years. I honestly think that Hundley will be a decent major league catcher for us and he has a pretty damn good arm. Centerfield, I really like Jody Gerut out there. He's played great defense and he's hit great as well. I really don't think there is much out there that is going to be a huge upgrade over him. Chase's bat will heat up very soon in LF because he has always started slow whenever he has moved up a level. Giles is still the best player in RF at PETCO.
Basically what I'm saying is we should trade Wolf and Greene for pitching prospects. Our bullpen is AWFUL beyond Bell and our starting rotation is most likely going to consist of Jake and CY next year. Maddux is likely to retire (or be traded), Wolf will be traded, and we'll end up with a bunch of AAAA starters like Hensley, Estes, Baek, Banks, etc. (Although I really like Banks). We actually have a number of pitching prospects that are looking really hot (Garrison, Inman, etc).
The only flaw in my plan is 2B and SS. I'm gey for Edgar but he's pretty much going to go the way of Mark Loretta (high AVG lots of singles). Maybe trade him for more pitching while he is kicking ass and taking names. Where the hell are we going to find a SS. The Free Agent pool is awful. We have some pretty good prospects as trade chips but I don't really know how many good SS are available. I'm probably going to need some help on this one. So let's hear some ideas!