Ken Rosenthal was tweeting some Padres trade rumors this morning, while you and I weren't paying attention. The first rumor came from Padres fan @bigyettisd who appears to have blocked us on Twitter. I can respect that. But the news is that GM A.J. Preller and Scouting Director Logan White met with Japanese free agent third baseman Nabuhiro Matsuda, although they didn't talk contract specifics.
#Padres execs A.J. Preller and Logan White met this week with Japanese free-agent 3B Nabuhiro Matsuda, as first reported by Sponichi.— Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) November 24, 2015
Rosenthal says that he's got some skills that the Padres definitely need. He's got your leadership, your defense and some offensive power that may not work in the MLB.
Matsuda, 32, hit career-high 35 HRs last season. Does not project for same power in MLB, but is strong defender and leader. h/t @bigyettisd.— Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) November 24, 2015
As usual Preller is talking multiple prospective deals all at once. In this deal, he'd flip newly acquired Manuel Margot. The Padres acquired Margot in the swap of Craig Kimbrel to the Red Sox. He was the prospect with the most upside. As we were told by
#Padres drawing trade interest in Margot, sources tell me and @jonmorosi. Only would move him for player(s) with similar upside.— Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) November 24, 2015
But if you're worried that Preller would be making a huge mistake well, the odds of a trade involving Margot happening aren't good, but Preller will listen to any offer.
#Padres GM Preller open to anything, but one source described possibility of trading Margot as "unlikely," saying odds were 80-20 against.— Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) November 24, 2015
All news is good news for the Padres.