I suppose you can think of these a series, if that calms your nerves. Over the next few weeks, as key trade candidates pop up, I'll cover the names that could replace them in the lineup card. Some of these trade candidates will be big names, like when I covered Jose Reyes' possible replacements. But I'll also cover some of the lesser names, and we'll start with one that's kind of on the fringes- Padres outfielder Ryan Ludwick.
Ludwick is presumably familiar with trade rumors, as the Padres acquired him at the trade deadline from St. Louis last season, and he's back in the news this year as the Pads struggle to contend. Jon Paul Morosi of FOX Sports has already reported on three teams that have inquired on Ludwick, the Phillies, Mariners and Reds, so let's see who could fill his shoes in California if a trade occurs
- Will Venable: The 28-year-old came into the season as the club's primary right fielder after posting 2.7 WAR in 131 games for the Padres last season, but he quickly lost his job this year with replacement-level play. He's spent some time at Triple-A this year, but he's currently San Diego's fourth outfielder, and you have to imagine that he's first in line to get playing time should Ludwick get traded.