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Padres Week in Review

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Padres Week in Review

The Padres split their most recent series with the Mets, winning the last two games to salvage the set. Following their series with the Giants, when the Padres took three of four from the NL West bottom dwellers,  the Friars are now  7-7 since the All-Star break. Five of those wins came over San Fransisco, but the Padres have reason to be looking up as the second half continues on.

Playing at a .500 level for the start of the second half usually wouldn’t seem to be the best way to start off, but the Padres are virtually devoid of team goals this season other than hoping that young talent will continue to progress and being able to trade less essential pieces to the team’s future.

Trade With The Royals

Some of those more expendable players have already been moved by GM A.J. Preller. The Padres sent relievers Brandon Mauer and Ryan Butcher along with starter Trevor Cahill to the Royals. In return, Kansas City sent left handed pitchers Matt Strahm and Travis Wood as well as minor league infielder Esteury Ruiz.

The trade lacked star talent, but is possibly a win for both teams moving forward. The Royals receive Cahill, a solid bullpen piece on last year’s Chicago Cubs championship team, who returned to the rotation in San Diego this year and pitched to a solid if unspectacular 3.69 ERA. He’ll presumably fit into the back end of the Kansas City rotation. Mauer, the Padres closer this season, will likely move into set-up duties for the Royals in front of Kelvin Herrera with Butcher pithing in relief earlier in games usually.

The Padres will likely use Wood in the rotation and as someone who can eat up innings down the stretch. Strahm was an important part of the Royals bullpen last year, but has struggled this year and is now out for the season with a torn patellar tendon in his left knee. Ruiz, while very young, hit well in the Arizona Fall League and could end up being the most intriguing part of this trade down the road.

San Diego comes into their next series against the Pittsburgh Pirates at home, having won two of four from the Mets in the previous series. Jhouyls Chacin turned in another solid start in the final game against the Mets and is now 10-7 on the year with a 2.51 ERA in his last five starts. With the trade deadline just days away, Preller may end up dealing both Brad Hand and Chacin before the end of July.