In Ken Rosenthal's latest column he quotes one MLB exec as saying the Padres are going into "full rebuild" mode and other major league sources who say GM A.J. Preller is looking to trade both Tyson Ross and Matt Kemp, possibly together.
The larger question, of course, is where the Padres go from here. One exec predicts that Preller will go "full rebuild" – right-hander Ian Kennedy turned down the Pads’ qualifying offer, the team is shopping righty Tyson Ross and also is looking to move Matt Kemp, according to major-league sources.
Rosenthal goes on to speculate that perhaps since Kemp is owed $86 million over the next 4 years that the Padres may try to package his contract in a deal for Ross, passing off the expensive contract to another team and freeing up payroll. As he says, it would lessen the return for Ross in terms of prospects, but it would give the team more freedom to go after free agents without the burden of Kemp's large contract.