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With the return of Garrett Richards looming, could the Padres both buy and sell a starter?

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Team in the mix for Trevor Bauer

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The Garrett Richards era is close to beginning. He just had his first rehab start, and the team is cautiously optimistic that he’ll return in late August. Given the nature of his injury (Tommy John, imagine that) he’ll be treated with kid gloves similar to how most Padre starters have been handled all year.

Even with the return of Richards the team is still in the market for a front line starter. In fact, that market is heating up fast.

It’s been reported that the Padres are very serious suitors for Trevor Bauer. You can click here to view an updated story.

Bauer has drawn criticism in some circles for his outspoken views, specifically on twitter. He lets everyone know how he feels. Of course, there are plenty of players in major sports that are outspoken in political and social topics. He’s no different than them. He shares his views and addresses what he calls “trolls” as he sees fit. Right, wrong or indifferent that’s Trevor Bauer.

Guess what? The team could use someone with a grinder attitude on the pitching staff. Outside of Chris Paddack and Joey Lucchesi, the youth and lack of confidence is apparent. A veteran anchor that will give you 7 innings is critical right now.

The team loves their young talent, but several arms could be options to move if the right deal came up. Eric Lauer, Logan Allen and Nick Margevicius are nice young pitchers, but none will be more than a #3 or #4 starter at best. Dinelson Lamet is another interesting one. He’s still the same pitcher as he was in 2017. He’ll strike out a lot of batters, walk a lot and give up home runs en route to an ERA in the high 4’s. Exciting hard thrower, but he’s just that. A thrower.

The Padres would likely give up one or 2 of these arms as well as an outfielder such as Hunter Renfroe or Franmil Reyes. Don’t count out a bundle deal with a minor league pitcher in the mix as well.

Whether fans like it or not, this deal is a very real possibility.

What do you think folks? Do you like the idea of Bauer being a Padre? Or, are you on the other side and say no way?