Unlike the Dodgers trade package where the Baltimore Orioles would get some depth and youth, this package with the San Diego Padres would be more about giving than receiving; but that’s not to say the O’s wouldn’t still get a massive deal out of it.
As of this weekend, the Padres have put Black Snell on notice. The rumor mill has Santander pegged as an option for the P’res, and the O’s should take a good long look into this one. The Padres are undoubtedly frustrated with Snell, but he still has that Cy Young potential and the arm to be a big-league hurler for years to come.
Snell is 7-11 with a 4.50 ERA, 1.35 WHIP, and 208 strikeouts in 34 starts with the San Diego Padres, but that hasn’t been good enough. However, things looked a lot different when he was chucking it in the AL East with the Rays. Maybe a change of pace is needed? But obviously, for the right price.
2 suitable packages if the Baltimore Orioles trade Anthony Santander
Carter Baumler, Drew Rom, and Kevin Smith all come to the top of my mind when thinking of top pitching prospects that could get the Padres thinking of a deal. Selfishly I wouldn’t want the Baltimore Orioles to get rid of any of these prospects, but for the sake of Blake Snell, I would offer Kevin Smith with Santander.
Smith falls into the plethora of left-handed talent in the O’s Farm System, and his ability to throw strikes first is a big hit for many Major League clubs. He does well at that but has struggled a bit in Triple-A this year. That certainly won’t take away his value just yet, as the O’s No.17 prospect would be a good fit in the Padres’ future rotation.
Like it or not, the Baltimore Orioles have some significant changes coming as the rebuild continues to happen. Taking off our GM hat, for now, that much is clear. If the O’s do trade Anthony Santander this summer, these two options wouldn’t be bad for the team and would certainly help move the rebuild one step closer to its completion.