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The MLB rumor mill is working at full capacity as the offseason draws to a close.
However, impact players are still left out there, and the Padres are sure to make a move in an attempt to bolster their young roster.
The following breaks down the rumors surrounding the Padres' potential late-offseason moves.
At 6'5", Giancarlo Stanton is a tough player to ignore. However, as talks begin to cool down it seems less and less likely that the San Diego Padres will be going after a big-name player like Stanton.
The 23-year-old slugger spent most of last season jogging around the diamond, watching his long balls soar over the fences at Marlins Park. He has the kind of power that any team would love to have in the middle of the batting order.
As the offseason drags on, it seems more and more likely that Stanton will be keeping his talents in South Beach...for now.
San Diego is a young team that can't afford to pay a hefty sum for aging pitchers.
Marcum's 3.70 ERA was his highest in four seasons. The 31-year-old also missed two months last season due to a bum elbow.
The risk of signing these pitchers is not worth the reward when considering the Padres' fiscal situation and need for young talent.
The Padres have actively been pursuing Porcello, who would fit the mold for a Padres' offseason trade.
He is 6'5" and throws the ball upward of 95 mph—a deadly combination in the confines of PETCO Park or any field for that matter. He posted a 4.59 ERA last year, which is high but nothing PETCO can't solve.
He has been to a World Series, something the Padres haven't smelled since 1998. And the best part about Porcello is he's only 23 years old.