In a surprising note from last night, Clark Spencer of the Miami Herald is reporting that the Padres are in the mix for acquiring shortstop Adeiny Hechavarria from the Marlins.
The 28 year old has been a fixture in the Miami lineup since the 2013 season, but it appears the organization is looking to shed the $2-3 million remaining on his contract for this season, especially while the one year of arbitration eligibility serves as a possible incentive for another team to take on his entire contract.
Although, ESPN’s Jerry Crasnick added this morning that the Rays are pushing for the Marlins to pay a “cheap power arm” for the team to eat his contract. He even went on to mention Kyle Barraclough, who owns a stellar 2.88 ERA over the past three seasons, as a possible fit.
Regardless, Hechavarria has yet to produce a wRC+ higher than 87 during a season, drawing his limited value from strong defense at short. He’s had some range and error issues this season, but there’s no reason to expect that to continue after a couple of years of consistency.
If the Padres could acquire a tradeable piece or lottery ticket prospect to take on Hechavarria, then it could be an interesting move by Preller; yet, they are considered to be trailing in the Rays in negotiations that are expected to conclude before tomorrow.