(40-49, 7½ games back, NL West)
What a collapse: The Pads, who have lost nine straight and 11 of 12, need to regroup in their seven-game homestand against the Rockies and Giants leading to the break.
Rival executives have described the Padres as eager to buy. The team, perhaps seeking to make a statement under new ownership, made a play for Nolasco and also has pursued Cubs righty Matt Garza. But now what?
It’s difficult to stop losing streaks with a rotation that ranks next to last in the NL in ERA — and this, despite the advantage of playing at pitcher-friendly Petco Park. The Pads also lost catcher Yasmani Grandal to a potential season-ending knee injury seemingly moments after activating All-Star shortstop Everth Cabrera.
If the Padres sell, right-hander Edinson Volquez and closer Huston Street would be the most likely to go, though the team would stay open-minded on both players. A trade of third baseman Chase Headley would seem unlikely; he is batting .229 with a .685 OPS, and the Padres would be selling low. — Ken Rosenthal
(AP Photo/Lenny Ignelzi) Courtesy of FOXSports.comThe opinions expressed are solely those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the views of Comcast.