The San Diego Padres have an interesting problem facing them as the month of June begins. Are they in the pennant race or are they on the outside looking in? Would they want to trade their temporary closer Luke Gregerson in the process?
I think we are heading in that direction with the team being 26-32 going into Wednesday’s action. San Diego could get a lot of value out of a trade of Gregerson, and if they fall any further out of first place in the NL West, I expect them to make the move.
Gregerson has taken over the closer’s role with Huston Street out, and while he did give up a run in his closing debut, he still has a 1.05 ERA for the season. I think that there are quite a few teams that are closer to the playoffs that take a look at Gregerson and see someone who can help in the eighth inning of games. I admit that it will take the team going on a long losing streak for this to happen, but the Padres just aren’t playoff quality yet.
The next two months are obviously very critical to where San Diego goes at the trade deadline. Gregerson has turned into a huge piece that could be moved for some more young talent that may take this team back towards .500 soon. He is only 29-years-old and has put together five straight solid seasons with his ERA going down in each of those years. I believe that it would be best for the team to make this move in July so they can begin to fully rebuild for next season.