Dec. 08, 2016
SD Padres Trade Rumors: Ryan Schimpf, Yangervis Solarte, Cory Spangenberg
Not exactly a trade rumor on the same scope as the Chris Sale deal or what the Washington Nationals gave up to get Adam Eaton, the San Diego Padres are potentially shopping multiple players around. In particular, it's those guys capable of playing second base that the Los Angeles Angels have their eyes on obtaining from San Diego that lead the way.
The Padres aren't in full rebuild. They are, however, not afraid to sell off anyone on an MLB contract. They've already released Tyson Ross and now they seem prepared to trade some of their better position players; some of whom were very productive last year.
Among those the Padres are listening to offers on are Ryan Schimpf, Yangervis Solarte, and Cory Spangenberg. The Angels, minus a legitimate second baseman, could use any of these three to upgrade over what they already have in place. Finally sick of average options at the position, the Angels are seeking someone with a little more upside.
Out of these three, Solarte is my favorite. He can play multiple positions and as a switch hitter isn’t going to get overmatched. He was underrated last year with a solid .286/.341/.467 slash line to go with his 15 home runs and 71 RBIs.
Schimpf and Spangenberg are a little more mysterious. Schimpf had a breakout year for the Padres last season when he smashed 20 home runs in only 330 plate appearances. His batting average of .217 was incredibly weak, but he did draw walks regularly and hit with great power. I see Schimpf as a better platoon option with a right-handed hitter so if this is what the Angels have in mind then they should push the Padres hard to get him. In Spangenberg’s case, we’re still not quite sure what he’ll become exactly. The 2011 first round draft pick had a very productive 2015 season, but was limited greatly in 2016 to just 14 games. As the youngest of this group, Spangenberg’s biggest bonus is how long he’ll stick around.
The Padres don’t have very many great trade options. The ones they do have, like these three second base options, are still desirable pieces as we’ve seen the Angels intrigued by each.