The Padres are on the list of teams heavily associated with transaction discussions for Marlins catcher J.T. Realmuto.
Within this discursive off-season, San Diego has become the center point — for a couple of days.
Objectively, that is not farfetched. The Padres hold their 20-19 payroll to around $115 million or $120 million and may sign Harper or even Machado to a $ 30 million-per-year contract — the median range to the Major Leagues.
The Marlins’ interest in hillcrest catching prospect Francisco Mejia is not especially significant, meaning The Padres likely need to include at least one of infielder Fernando Tatis Jr..
The Padres recognize that the additions of Harper and Realmuto — Realmuto and or Machado — would not address most their needs. They ended in the National League with a 5.09 rotation ERA last year. Ever since then, they have added one pitcher, Garrett Richards, on a Major League contract — and Richards’ availability for 20-19 is in uncertainty after undergoing Tommy John surgery last year.
Gonzalez could bring a Padres rotation that may otherWISe consist entirely of starting pitchers who’re younger and 28 and experience. Gonzalez has pitched with a .592 opponents’ OPS in five starts.
And Scott Boras , the Exact Same broker as Harper represents Gonzalez.
A few in the sector consider Harper, newcomer and the Nevada native, prefers to play on the West Coast. So perhaps it’s notable his interview with The Padres — reported by MLB Network insider Ken Rosenthal — did not come until after the Dodgers efficiently removed themselves from the Harper sweepstakes with the registering of A.J. Pollock.
If Harper truly wants to play close to home, San Diego probably is his very best option. This really is a result could have imagined in a week — or November, for that matter.