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    irish DSP Staff Member Administrator

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    Padres willing to exceed Luxury Tax at Trade Deadline
    by Steve Adams | MLB Trade Rumors — 20 minutes ago

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    It might have seemed silly a few years ago to suggest that the Padres would soon have to make any decisions regarding the luxury tax — San Diego only reached $100MM in total payroll once prior to the 2020 season — but the Friars now find themselves roughly $6MM from the $210MM luxury barrier. And while many teams who are so close to the tax line are loath to actually cross the threshold, ESPN’s Jeff Passan reports that Padres ownership is willing to make that concession as the trade deadline approaches.

    Padres general manager A.J. Preller recently indicated that he’d like to upgrade his lineup in an effort to coax more consistent production out of the group, and the Padres have struggled to unexpected levels in the rotation. Blake Snell hasn’t pitched up to his previous standards, and the Friars are currently without Dinelson Lamet (forearm inflammation), Ryan Weathers (fractured ankle) and Adrian Morejon (Tommy John surgery). Last summer’s big-ticket acquisition, Mike Clevinger, underwent Tommy John surgery over the winter, so it’s been known for quite awhile that he wouldn’t be a factor in 2021.

    The Padres have consistently been connected to Rangers slugger Joey Gallo, whom Preller knows quite well from his time as a Rangers assistant general manager. Gallo would be an upgrade in right field over Wil Myers, and since he’s controllable through the 2022 season, he’d be a multi-year improvement for the lineup. Gallo is hitting .233/.391/.510 and pacing MLB in total walks and walk percentage, and he’s been one of the game’s hottest hitters since early June: .282/.444/.748 in his past 133 plate appearances.

    That said, Gallo himself wouldn’t take the Padres over the tax barrier, and he’s just one of multiple possibilities. Passan suggests more broadly that the Padres are open to adding a “significant” bat (Gallo included). Several others would fit that billing as well. The Marlins and Cubs are expected to trade Starling Marte and Kris Bryant before the trade deadline. The Mariners and the Orioles will be getting offers on Mitch Haniger and Trey Mancini, even if the preference for both clubs would be to hold onto them. If the Reds’ current slide continues, it’s at least feasible that they’d consider deals involving Nick Castellanos, who can opt out of his contract at season’s end.

    Regardless of which bat the Padres zero in on, it’ll likely be one of multiple moves the Padres make, given their aggressive front office and the simultaneous need in the rotation.
     
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    Massive trade!! @MMoreno1015 #Dodgers traded Minor League outfielder Carlos Rincon to the Mets for Billy McKinney. Jake Reed was designated for assignment to make room for McKinney on the 40-man roster
     
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    McKinney bout to hit 30 bombs like Muncy
     
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    the last sentence of this article is a bit troubling
    if they're considering kennedy as a cheap addition, fine
    but if they're looking at him because he's cheaper than kimbrel, then ima b pissed

    Dodgers considering Ian Kennedy
    by Darragh McDonald | MLB Trade Rumors — 3 hours ago

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    The Dodgers are interested in acquiring Ian Kennedy, according to Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic.

    This isn’t terribly surprising news, as every contending team is always interested in improving their pitching arsenal as the trade deadline approaches. What is surprising is that the Dodgers find themselves three games behind the Giants in the NL West, a team that few picked as division favorites at the start of the season. And that divisional alignment is at least somewhat attributable to the fact that the Dodgers have lost to the Giants by blowing ninth-inning leads the past two nights.

    Overall, the bullpen hasn’t been a glaring weakness for the club this year. The Dodgers’ relievers, as a whole, have an ERA of 3.73, the 10th best in the Majors. But they’ve also taken some hits lately, with Jimmy Nelson and Scott Alexander heading to the Injured List. David Price has also had to move from the bullpen to the rotation, in order to cover for the recent injury to Clayton Kershaw.

    For Kennedy, it seems to be a foregone conclusion that he will be changing jerseys in the coming week. He is a free agent at year’s end and is currently playing for a Rangers team that is 35-62, behind every team in the American League except the Orioles. Thus far, he’s pitched 31 1/3 innings for Texas, accumulating 15 saves with an ERA of 2.59. Advanced metrics are somewhat skeptical, with xERA, FIP and xFIP pegging him at 3.40, 3.80 and 3.88, respectively. But he has excellent strikeout and walk rates of 26.8% and 5.7%.

    Kenley Jansen has been the Dodgers closer for a decade now, and will probably continue in that role. But there are reasons for pessimism in his profile this year. Despite 21 saves, an ERA of 3.05 and a strikeout rate of 27.2%, Jansen has a ghastly walk rate of 16%, more than double his career rate. That’s probably why some advanced metrics think his ERA is a mirage, with xFIP placing him at 4.79 and SIERA at 4.56.

    It’s possible this is just small sample noise, since we’re only talking about 38 1/3 innings and Jansen’s Statcast profile still looks quite healthy. But since Jansen is in the last year of his contract and will be 34 years old by season’s end, the Dodgers don’t have to be invested in Jansen for the long term and could certainly pivot to an alternative such as Kennedy if they felt they had to.

    On the money side, Kennedy’s is playing on a salary of $2.15MM this year, leaving less than a million still to be paid out. The Dodgers don’t have to worry about tiptoeing under the luxury tax, since they’ve already blown past the top threshold of $250MM. (Roster Resource currently has their luxury tax calculation at $262MM.) But that means that they’re paying a whopping 62.5% tax on any additional salary they take on, which could make a modest contract like Kennedy’s more appealing than a costlier addition such as Craig Kimbrel, who is still owed over $6MM of his $16MM salary this year.

     
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    What about that guy Bauer ? Any news at all about the Punch and Judy show?
     
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    Frazier is a great acquisition by SD. Our FO better have a response.
     
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    No need. We have Sheldon.
     
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    Do you realize that our offense this year has been carried almost exclusively by a Mets castoff, an A's castoff, and a Mariners castoff?
     
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    Zach Lee for Chris Taylor, what a trade.
     
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    Berrios would be a coup
     
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    fucken pads willing to go all in for any/everyone
    no desire to build for the future, they have a small window and are going to try to win it all right now
    can't realistically block them, just have to counter as best we can
    if they get berrios, go after hendricks
    probably all moot... i don't see us going very far this year regardless
    just can't stomach the thought of the pads or giants winning it all
     
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    When I see their name attached to a player we are interested in, I lose all hope....the Padres are definitely willing to get ripped off if it means they prevent us from getting a player.

    As it sits right now, we'd play the Padres in the WC game with the winner getting the Giants.

    Could you imagine a Giants-Padres NLDS? I'd die.
     
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    at that point, i would officially become a one-year rental (fan) for the mets or brewers
     
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    How awesome is this?

    @MMoreno1015
    Chris Taylor was named National League Player of the Week.
    Kiké Hernandez is American League Player of the Week.
     
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    taylor and seager are both free agents after this season
    serious question... if you could only keep one, who do you keep?
    for me it's ct3, and it's not even close
     
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    more good news…

    Matthew Moreno✓@MMoreno1015
    #Dodgers optioned Sheldon Neuse to Triple-A Oklamoma
    City with Max Muncy returning from the paternity list.
    10:07 AM · Jul 26, 2021 · TweetDeck
     
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    another factor...

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    Taylor

    If Seager could stay healthy then I’d keep him but every year, whether it’s a freak accident or because he’s made of glass, he’s on the IL

    Obviously would love to keep Seager but I get the feeling hes Yankee bound since they need a lefty and Boras is gonna command a contract Seager I feel hasn’t earned with all the time he’s been injured
     
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