MLB Rumors: Padres Make a Splash By Acquiring Yu Darvish

One day after trading for a Cy Young winner, the Padres get another Cy candidate.

The Padres have become the talk of the MLB over the last couple of days, being rumored in every major trade conversation. Those talks came to a head this week when San Diego acquired former Cy Young Award winner Blake Snell from the Tampa Bay Rays last night. Today, the Dodgers NL West rivals made another huge move and got a whole lot better. 

The Padres have reportedly made a trade for former Dodgers pitcher Yu Darvish. San Diego managed to pry Darvish away from the Cubs just one season after arguably the best year of his career. In exchange for Darvish, the Cubs are receiving a few prospects as well as MLB ready talent in RHP Zach Davies. 

The Padres will eventually have one of the best starting rotations in all of MLB once healthy. With Mike Clevinger on the mend and Dinelson Lamet’s health questionable at best, 2022 seems like a reasonable time frame for the Padres to have one of the best rotations in baseball. 

Darvish finished second in NL Cy Young voting this year after an epic comeback campaign. Through 12 starts, he pitched to a 2.01 ERA while striking out 11+ per 9 innings. Darvish also pitched to a pristine 2.23 FIP, one of the best marks in MLB for a pitcher with at least 10 starts under his belt. 

If the Padres are going to compete with the Dodgers out in the NL West, they are going to need to get their pitching locked down. Adding in Snell and Darvish to the 2021 rotation instantly makes them a terrific competitor, and this tear should be interesting out west. 

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Written by Brook Smith

Brook is the Senior Editor of Dodgers Nation, with several years of experience in sports journalism. He is an avid Dodgers and Lakers fan, and can be spotted fairly often at Dodger Stadium and Staples Center.


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  1. Padres are definitely on the move and are not settling for where they are so you gotta give them props for trying. Another web site (TB) predicted Dodgers would get Blake Snell and go after Darvish and had inside track to Ha-Seong Kim. All wrong predictions but same site predicted there would not be a 2020 season so a history of wrong predictions.Easy to predict and be wrong not when your wrong soooo many times then block comments when It’s pointed out. I will make a couple predictions JT signs a 2 year w/ LA and Dodgers get a big reliever (preferably Liam Hendricks)

  2. The Padres are all in. Right now. Realistically, the acquisitions of Snell and Darvish put them right with the Dodgers. Maybe even a little higher. They weren’t really rivals before. But now they are. The FO for the Padres is also on equal or better footing with the Dodgers FO. Amazing moves. The Dodgers will have to bring their A game to the 2021 season. There won’t be any more cake walk division titles for a while. It should be interesting.

  3. Friedman better do something. He may have put together the best team in 2020 but for 2021 we are not the best team with the way they use May and Gonsolin who knows about them yet. Also why do the Padres keep getting away with trading mostly nobodies, the Dodgers would’ve had to trade Cronenworth way back on the Clevinger deal

  4. Not sure there is much on the FA market to counter this. Bauer is going to cost a lot of money and really only has two good seasons in his career. The Dodgers rotation should be able to match the Pads at least in 2021 with Clevinger still out and if at least two of May-Urias-Gonsolin pan out. D’s they are still better 1-5, assuming Price is available. Maybe at this point you stack the pen with Hendricks and Hand. Still need right hand bats (Turner and one other) otherwise Snell chews right through the lefties multiple times a year. It will be an interesting season. Unless the Dodgers decide to stand pat. Then it will be a very long year.

    • Dodgers need to stock the pen as games against elite talent are usually won or lost in the late innings against relievers if you can get their pitch counts up. Turner would be a good re-sign but Not at 3 years. No need to panic.
      Hopefully Kim the Korean star is not as good as many think he is. If Kim comes close to matching the hype on him the Padres are probably in the lead with talent.
      Maybe trade for a right-handed bat?

  5. the padres did a cannonball in the deep end and “splash” is right. the trades still won’t be enough as nobody thinks friedman will stand pat. turner, lemahieu, and hendriks would put us in the driver’s seat.

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