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 Yu Darvish-to-the-Padres deal is on the verge of happening, sources tell ESPN. Darvish is expected to go with Victor Caratini to SD. Cubs' return is Zach Davies and four young prospects: OF Owen Caissie (18), SS Reggie Preciado (17), OF Ismael Mena (18), Yeison Santana (20).
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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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