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The Padres Need to Steal This Free Agent Away From the Dodgers

Devon Platana
The San Diego Padres should steal this free agent away from the LA Dodgers.
The San Diego Padres should steal this free agent away from the LA Dodgers. / ASSOCIATED PRESS

The San Diego Padres and LA Dodgers have one of the more storied rivalries in MLB history, colliding over 900 times since 1969. The rival has also spilt into free agency a few times, resulting in the NL West rivals stealing each other's players, such as Kevin Brown and Manny Machado.

It won't be surprising if San Diego steals another player from Los Angeles. The Padres have room to improve after coming up short in this season's NLCS and stealing one of the rival Dodgers' players could help Rob Thomson's club come back even stronger in 2023.

San Diego Padres Free Agency

With Mike Clevinger and Sean Manaea hitting the open market, the Padres should steal starting pitcher Andrew Heaney away from the Dodgers.

Heaney might not be a Cy Young candidate, but he's proven his worth as a solid arm to have in the back half of a rotation. Making 16 appearances (14 starts) for the Dodgers in 2022, the 31-year-old southpaw amassed a 4-4 record while setting career-highs in ERA (3.10) and WHIP (1.087).

The Padres' pitching staff racked up the fourth-most strikeouts (918) last season. Signing Heaney would help them have a similar appearance next season. The Oklahoma City, OK native recorded 13.6 strikeouts per nine innings this year and even averaged 12.0 SO/9 in the postseason.

Another positive of a potential deal is that Heaney would no longer terrorize the Padres on opposing teams. He's 3-0 with a 0.96 ERA in five career games (four starts) against San Diego, so chances are the Padres are tired of his beating them up.

Heaney also wouldn't face too much pressure with the likes of Joe Musgrove, Yu Darvish and Blake Snell already in San Diego's rotation. He could continue taking advantage of more favorable matchups, potentially playing a key role in another deep Padres postseason run.

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