Buster Olney gives us news that Yasmani Grandal is being marketed aggressively by the Padres. Keith Law backed up Olney's tweets saying he too has heard this, which sparked a hilarious list of lay people replying "Me too" on Twitter. General Manager A.J. Preller has mentioned time and again that the Padres will be open to opportunities to trade from their positions of strength, which in their case leave some catchers and starting pitchers available. Keeping pitchers Andrew Cashner and Tyson Ross would be preferable for the Padres says MLB Trade Rumors' Steve Adams:
The team doesn’t necessarily need to move him, but it’s possible that the Friars feel Grandal’s value is near its peak due to his strong finish, his remaining team control and the dearth of available catching options. Moving Grandal appears to be be a more palatable option than entertaining offers for controllable arms such as Tyson Ross and Andrew Cashner.
I should also note that there were unconfirmed rumors in late August that Grandal was unhappy sharing catching duties and was demanding a trade or release. Maybe there was something to these rumors and maybe not. Either way it looks like Grandal will be used as a trade chip to bring in talent at other positions.
Other teams say the Padres have gotten more aggressive in marketing catcher Yasmani Grandal in trade discussions.— Buster Olney (@Buster_ESPN) December 1, 2014
Hearing this too. "@Buster_ESPN: Other teams say the Padres have gotten more aggressive in marketing Yasmani Grandal in trade discussions."— keithlaw (@keithlaw) December 1, 2014
Not only are they aggressively marketing Grandal but they are aggressively looking for hitters too. So aggressive.
Padres said to be aggressively looking for hitters who can help them contend for NL West title immediately.— Buster Olney (@Buster_ESPN) December 1, 2014