No one can fault the San Diego Padres for thinking that they can make a run this postseason. They have one of the more entertaining and talented lineups in baseball with stars Manny Machado, Fernando Tatis Jr., and Eric Hosmer plus rookies Jake Cronenworth and Trent Grisham putting up big time numbers as well. While they still lag behind the very dominant Dodgers in their division, with the expanded playoffs and them sitting on a 21-15 record, they have as good a chance as just about anyone.
Well, Padres GM AJ Preller seems to feel the same way and he has been wheeling and dealing at the deadline. The previous few trades had been for relatively minor pieces including upgrading at catcher even if the package in the deal they made with Seattle ended up being substantial.
Well, they just upgraded their rotation in a big way.
Source: Deal is Clevinger, Greg Allen and PTBN to Padres; Quantrill, Arias, Cantillo, Hedges, Naylor and Miller to Indians.— Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) August 31, 2020
That is...a substantial haul from the Padres in order to land Clevinger and by all accounts, that was the only way the Indians were going to part with him. The Indians land a wide variety of young prospects with some who are major league ready or even have major league experience like Quantrill and Hedges while others are further away.
For the Padres, they managed to keep the guys at the very top of their prospect depth chart, but had to pay a real price in regards to their depth in order to get the best known starter arm on the trade market. The Padres had a lot of competition on the trade market, but it looks like their MiLB depth won out.