The Padres' acquisitions, trades and rumors of acquisitions and trades have been the most exciting part of this season. This is how we'll remember 2015, if we remember it all. The rumors are swirling and sooner or later something is actually going to happen. Good or bad, something is going to happen. Believe it.
It could be that the Padres will try to fill their organizational black hole at shortstop with Starlin Castro who's been struggling this season with the Cubs, hoping that he's a fixer upper.
#Cubs have discussed Starlin Castro with #Padres, sources tell @Ken_Rosenthal and me. Cubs have inquired on San Diego starting pitchers.— Jon Morosi (@jonmorosi) July 27, 2015
But the Cubs won't be asking for James Shields in return as the Padres might have hoped.
The Cubs are not pursuing James Shields.— Buster Olney (@Buster_ESPN) July 28, 2015
Instead they'll want Tyson Ross, probably the most valuable asset that the Padres have to offer.
The Cubs' focus/target in their talks with the Padres is Tyson Ross.— Buster Olney (@Buster_ESPN) July 28, 2015
But every team wants Ross and the Padres are listening to everyone.
Sources: #Cubs’ focus in talks with #Padres is on Tyson Ross. Of course, Ross is a focus of nearly every team talking to SD.— Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) July 28, 2015
The Astros are among those interested.
#Astros remain another team in pursuit of #Padres’ Ross, sources say. HOU exploring variety of upgrades, including bats and relievers.— Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) July 28, 2015
Padres GM A.J. Preller will have to make this trade count because he'll likely have to get the most return for Ross or the bundle that he packages together with Ross. In 2020 we'll see distressed Rockstar GM t-shirts being worn at the ballpark and we'll for a moment briefly flash back to this time and place. Only after what happens here will we know if that shirt is being worn ironically. I'm pumped for some news..