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Padres trade rumors: Braves, Royals in lead for Chris Denorfia

The outfielder is expected to be moved within the next few hours.

Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODA

The San Diego Padres are expected to move outfielder Chris Denorfia today, and the Atlanta Braves and Kansas City Royals appear to be the leaders to acquire him, according to Joel Sherman of the New York PostBob Dutton of the Tacoma News Tribune adds that the Seattle Mariners are in the mix for Denorfia, as well.

In a market thin on right-handed hitting outfielders, the 34-year-old Denorfia is rather valuable. A 3.9 WAR player in 2013, Denorfia's production has tailed off a bit this season, as he has hit just .242/.293/.319 for a 76 wRC+ after posting a 108 wRC+ last season. Still, he provides quite a bit of value on defense, with a career UZR of 21.8, including a 16.3 mark last season and 6.0 this year.  He would likely slot in on a contender's bench, where he could serve strictly in a utility role or see time as part of a platoon (he has a .809 career OPS against lefties). Denorfia is eligible for free agency following the season.