The San Diego Padres are likely in for a busy month. The team is apparently receiving plenty of "hits" on players such as outfielders Seth Smith and Chris Denorfia, however, relievers Joaquin Benoit and Huston Street appear to be drawing the most interest according to CBS Sports' Jon Heyman.
Benoit and Street figure to be two of the top relievers available this summer, and both have performed quite well this year. Benoit, who is in the first year of a two-year, $15.5 million (plus a 2016 option) deal he signed with San Diego in December, has a 1.30 ERA (261 ERA+), 1.83 FIP, 10.1 K/9, 1.8 BB/9, and 1.3 WAR in nearly 35 innings pitched this season.
Street, currently in his third year as the Padres' closer and 10th overall in ninth inning duty, is having quite possibly the best year of his career, notching a 0.90 ERA (378 ERA+), 2.53 FIP, 9.6 K/9, 2.1 BB/9, and 1.6 WAR in 30 innings. Like Benoit, he is also under club control through next season, as he carries a $7 million club option for 2015.
As Heyman reported last week, there should be quite a few teams seeking relief help in the coming weeks. He mentions the Brewers, Angels, Orioles, Tigers, Marlins, and Blue Jays as possible suitors due to their standing and organizational lack of high-end relievers.
Smith's market should also be quite sizable thanks to an incredible first half. In 272 plate appearances, the 31-year-old is hitting .273/.376/.485 with a .377 wOBA, 147 wRC+, 149 OPS+, and 2.8 WAR. He has cooled down over the past month (.654 OPS in June) and has shown a heavy platoon split in his career (.848 OPS versus righties, .591 against lefties), but there is little doubt that he would provide an offensive boost to any acquiring team down the stretch. He's also a free agent following the season, which minimizes the risk surrounding him. He could be in play for clubs such as the Reds and Royals.
Along with Smith, the Padres appear to be shopping their entire outfield, including Denorfia, Carlos Quentin, and Will Venable, though of those three, Denorfia is probably the most likely to be moved. The 33-year-old impending free agent is capable of playing all three outfield positions, though he is in the midst of a down offensive season. In 208 plate appearances, he has hit just .250/.301/.344 with a 85 wRC+ and 0.7 WAR. For his career, Denorfia owns an above-average 108 wRC+ and .325 wOBA. In 2013, he hit a career-high 10 home runs and posted a 3.9 WAR.