About a month ago, it looked like the Padres would be making so many deals by the trade deadline that you wouldn’t be able to keep up with them.
However, with less than 24 hours left until the non-waiver trade deadline approaches, San Diego has been quiet—at least quiet in the finishing of deals.
There have been many talks, but so far, that’s all they have been.
Closer Heath Bell, outfielder Ryan Ludwick, starting pitcher Aaron Harang and reliever Chad Qualls could all be out of Padres uniforms by the end of the day Sunday.
Set-up man Mike Adams—even though Padres owner Jef Moorad says otherwise—may also be gone.
Bell has been waiting for weeks now—waiting for the call, a plane ticket and a different uniform.
“At the All-Star Game, it was unbelievable,” Bell told ESPN’s Jayson Stark about the demand teams had for the All-Star closer. “I’m not going to name names of teams, but it seemed like everybody I talked to would say, ‘Dude, we really need you.’ Or, ‘We really need you at the back of our bullpen.’ Or, ‘If you were a part of our bullpen, we’d go to the World Series.’ And I’d just say, ‘Tell your GM to talk to my GM.’”
But Bell hasn’t been moved yet. Apparently, St. Louis, Philadelphia and Texas are all frontrunners trying to land him, with the Rangers leading the pack.
At the same time, Bell has said that he would take a home-town discount to stay with the Padres after his contract expires at the end of this season.
And sources have told CBSsports.com that the Padres believe that they can come to terms with Bell at the season’s end.
As the talks ramp up for bell, teams have also been eyeing Ludwick. ESPN’s Buster Olney is reporting that the Indians have made good progress in talks with San Diego’s front office and that a deal is likely.
As for Adams, the price seems to be too high for most teams. MLBtraderumors.com is reporting that San Diego wants at lease one top prospect in return for Adams.
While Moorad said that Adams is off the trade block, general manager Jed Hoyer said that they will trade Adams if the price is right.
“We’d have to be blown away,” Hoyer told SI. “No player is untouchable, but our strong preference is to hold Mike.”
There has been a lot of holding, a lot of talking, but no trades.
The question now is can Hoyer finish a deal before the deadline.
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