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Insider Reveals Padres' Focus Heading Into Trade Deadline

Larry Rupp
An insider revealed the San Diego Padres' focus heading into the trade deadline.
An insider revealed the San Diego Padres' focus heading into the trade deadline. / AP Photos/Gregory Bull

The San Diego Padres are positioned well to make a run for the playoffs. They currently hold the second NL Wild Card spot with a 50-41 record and could see Fernando Tatis Jr. return before August. Insider Jon Heyman also revealed how San Diego plans to improve at the upcoming trade deadline.

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Heyman explained that the Padres were an "early entrant" in the race to trade for Cincinnati Reds' All-Star pitcher Luis Castillo. However, they have since shifted focus to acquiring bats. It makes sense considering outfielders Jurickson Profar and Wil Myers are still sidelined with injuries of their own.

The Padres currently rank 15th in the MLB in runs per game (4.37) and tied for 16th in batting average (.241). Neither of those marks make them stick out as a World Series contender. Finding players capable of starting over Nomar Mazara and Jose Azocar would instantly give San Diego a boost.

A couple of names San Diego has been connected with in the last few weeks include Baltimore's Anthony Santander and Kansas City's Andrew Benintendi. Santander is on pace to set a career-high in home runs with 15 already in the first half and Benintendi was just named to his first All-Star game.

All things considered, the Padres own the eighth-best starting rotation ERA (3.74) and seem content to stay put at the position. Employing the same strategy at the plate would be surprising, though. San Diego has odds set at +2500 to win the World Series, according to FanDuel Sportsbook.

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