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1) Josh Willingham- The Padres are looking to deal Ryan Ludwick, preferably to another N.L. squad, which would leave them with a hole in the outfield. Willingham, for not being super talented, has been in so much demand, he may have four or five teams calling for his services.
2) Jonathan Papelbon- The Sox are looking for an upgrade to the former All-Star Papelbon, and many have speculated that they have their eye on San Diego's Heath Bell. If that's the case, and the Sox are looking to ditch Pap, then it might make the most sense to package him in a trade for Bell. Both teams get a new closer, and everyone's happy.
3) Pablo Sandoval- It doesn't make a lot of sense, but word is that Kung-Fu Panda, and his bear-like eating tendencies are falling out of favor in San Fran. If they did deal him, they would like to avoid dishing him to a division rival, but the Padres could make it unavoidable and the best deal for all parties if they offer someone like Simon Castro. Panda could take over for Chase Headley at third, or could even move to first, where the Padres have a huge hole.
Prospect Trade Bait
1) Cory Luebke, LHP- Luebke had an outstanding season, posting a 10-1 record and a 2.68 ERA in the minors and a 1-1 record with 18 strikeouts in 17.2 innings for the Padres in four appearances. He throws in the low 90s, but gets a ton of groundballs. He could fight for a spot in the rotation, but if he doesn't make it, it could be packaged with a few others to get a first-baseman.
2) Aaron Poreda, LHP- It feels like Poreda has been scratching on the door of the big-leagues for years now, but somehow, this guy is still only 24-years old. He pitched well, in relief, last season and could find himself as a member of the Padres bullpen this season. Or he could find his way to another team. After all, he's no stranger to trades.
3) Matt Antonelli, 2B- Antonelli was the darling of the Padres system back in 2008. The season prior, he hit .307 for the Padres High-A and Double-A squads to go with 21 combined homers and 78 RBI. Then in 2008 he tanked, barely hitting above .200 and hitting only seven homers. He hasn't been the same since. He hit .196 in 2009, his second season at Triple-A and has fallen out of favor since. He could be a guy who could use a change of scenery, and someone the Padres could include in a package just to give him a shot elsewhere.