Morosi’s sources say that the Padres want to get at least one more starter after the club signed Garrett Richards to a two-year deal on Nov. 29. The Padres have the means to go after a quality starter like Stroman, as they have a farm system that has 10 players who are ranked in the Top 100 among all MLB prospects, according to MLBPipeline.com. Though Morosi said it would be unlikely they would deal their best ones in Fernando Tatis Jr., MacKenzie Gore and Francisco Meija, the Padres also have infielder Luis Urias and pitchers Chris Paddack, Adrian Morejon, Michael Baez, Logan Allen, Luis Patino and Ryan Weathers who they could consider moving for Stroman.
The 27-year-old Stroman is coming off his worst season in the majors after posting a 5.54 ERA over 102 1⁄3 innings in his fifth big league campaign. In 2017, Stroman put together a banner year in which the ace pitched to a 3.09 ERA and a 5.8 WAR with 164 strikeouts in 201 innings.
However, a lot of his struggles in 2018 attributed to him missing time due to shoulder fatigue and batting a blister issue on his right middle finger. But Stroman may benefit in a potential deal to San Diego because the Padres play in a more pitcher-friendly ballpark than the Blue Jays do. For the Padres, they would add an experienced pitcher, who also has two years of control, to a young rotation that will try to keep up with the Dodgers and the Rockies in the NL West.