The Kansas City Royals have already gone to the well in San Diego and come out with a pretty solid return, all things considered.
But what if Dayton Moore made one more call to A.J. Preller? We all know Preller plays it fast and he plays it loose and he’s now had to pivot (again) from winning now to acquiring for the future. What if a young middle infielder (Ramon Torres?) went to the Padres for Hand and another, slightly older, infielder like, say Cory Spangenberg? Or what if Junis or someone of equal or lesser value were included? What if the Padres ever wise up and fire Preller? Who will the rest of the league fleece on a near-constant basis?
What if Preller’s last act as Padres GM—before he was shipped off to an MLB black site for his crimes against baseball—was to deal off an All-Star arm with two more seasons of team control for two low-level prospects and a $50 gift card to Jack Stack BBQ?
I don’t have the answers, you know. Just the questions. But it wouldn’t surprise me if GMDM put another phone call in to a 619 area code.