Friday, May 22, 2009

Padres are looking at even more trade possibilities

Friday May 22, 2009

The San Diego Padres have been active in the trade front today, acquiring Tony Gwynn Jr. from the Milwaukee Brewers and agreeing to the terms of a trade that would have sent team ace Jake Peavy to the Chicago White Sox for 4 pitching prospects before Peavy exercised his no trade clause.

Now we hear word that the Padres are in discussions with the Seattle Mariners to bring shortstop Yunielsky Betancourt to the Padres in exchange for top Padres prospect Matt Antonelli.

The sticking point right now seems to be only how much of the nearly $11 million owed Betancourt through 2011 that the Mariners would pay.

Initially the Mariners reportedly asked for Chase Headley and were told Headley is not available.

Was the Gerut trade a deal to clear some room to fit Betancourt's salary in the Padres budget?

Will the Padres have a true short stop manning the position soon?

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