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Padres trade rumors: Craig Kimbrel, Justin Upton could become available

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The Padres could be aggressive sellers at the deadline, if they choose to be.

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With the Padres currently sitting 8.5 games behind the Dodgers for the lead in the NL West, they may look to make drastic moves soon. According to Jon Morosi of, Padres' general manager A.J. Preller may make drastic moves at the trade deadline, with stars Craig Kimbrel and Justin Upton among the potential names to become available.

Morosi notes that Preller does not care about the public perception that may come with trading off stars less than a year after revamping San Diego's roster with splashy offseason additions that shocked the baseball world, and that he will make the "right deal" if he is presented with it. Upton and Kimbrel have been the team's most successful players so far this season, and would draw immense trade interest if made available.

Morosi lists Upton, Kimbrel, Will Venable, Ian Kennedy, Joaquin Benoit, Shawn Kelley, Tyson Ross and Andrew Cashner as Padres who could get dealt if the team decides to sell. The Cubs and Angels are known to be aggressively looking for outfield help, making Venable a likely candidate to be traded even if Preller decides to keep the team's core together.

At this point in the season, there are few declared sellers due to the parity seen throughout the league, so the Padres potentially entering the seller's market would drastically change the trade deadline landscape. Preller's offseason aggressiveness indicates that he's always willing to make major moves, especially when no one is expecting them.