The Padres are known to be looking to sell off all of their high-priced veterans, and another name has been added to the mix. According to a report from Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com, the team is shopping Jedd Gyorko on the trade market.
Gyorko joins Justin Upton, Craig Kimbrel, Ian Kennedy, James Shields, Joaquin Benoit, Tyson Ross, Andrew Cashner and Will Venable on a growing list of Padres who may be moved. The second baseman is owed $32 million through the 2019 season and may appeal to contenders looking for infield help despite the high price tag. Rosenthal speculates that San Diego may have to attach Gyorko to a more desirable player like Ross in order to facilitate a deal.
One way for #Padres to move Gyorko would be to attach him to a more desirable talent such as T. Ross. That, however, would diminish return.— Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) July 27, 2015
Gyorko, 26, has shown signs of life since being optioned to the minors earlier this year, though he is still hitting just .215/.278/.335 with five homers in 67 games. The former second-rounder has struggled at the plate for most of the last two seasons after a solid rookie campaign in 2013, though teams may be willing to take a high-priced flier on him if it means netting another talent like Ross or Cashner.