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08:15 AM ET 05.30 | If you're scouting for relief pitching, there's a good chance you're headed to Petco, where Heath Bell headlines what is statistically one of baseball's best bullpens. The Padres, who entered Sunday with the second-worst record in the National League, are an obvious candidate to sell. ... Bell isn't the only arm that general manager Jed Hoyer can peddle. Mike Adams and Chad Qualls, who are under club control through 2012, are likely to generate interest. Hoyer could move at least one of them while preserving a good bullpen core for 2012, with potential closer Luke Gregerson and Ernesto Frieri still in the fold. Sources tell FOXSports.com that the inquiries have already started on Adams and Gregerson, among others.

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May 30, 2011  08:28 AM ET

Break up the best bullpen in the league, eh? Why! I appreciate that they are a number of games back of the D'Backs, but with De La Rosa gone for the year in Colorado, Posey done in S.F., and the Dodgers not being able to make payroll (!), why would they decide in late May to break this team up?
If they had of kept Gonzalez and Correia this team would be a potential contender for the NL West Crown....they almost took it last year over the Giants, and how did it turn out for San Francisco? I feel sorry for Padres fans.

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May 30, 2011  10:50 AM ET

Are you listening, John Mozeliak?

May 30, 2011  11:00 AM ET

Correia is having a great year with the Bucs, and if you had of kept him, Richard, Latos and Harang would be a nice rotation. They already have the best bullpen (as mentioned) in the entire league, and if you had Gonzalez still at the four, you'd have the power hitter they so desire.
They have speed galore (lead the league in steals), and are 14-7 during day games, and average 4.7 runs during these games (just have to learn how to win at night!).
The NL West is up for grabs, and yes, if you had those pieces back why WOULDN'T they be contenders? They almost took the NL West last year, and the team who did win it won the whole thing!
I appreciate that if you still had Correia and Gonzalez this wouldn't assure them of this feat, but you'd have a team entering June that would have a realistic shot. Instead, you have "there is always next year."

May 30, 2011  11:00 AM ET

Correia is having a great year with the Bucs, and if you had of kept him, Richard, Latos and Harang would be a nice rotation. They already have the best bullpen (as mentioned) in the entire league, and if you had Gonzalez still at the four, you'd have the power hitter they so desire.
They have speed galore (lead the league in steals), and are 14-7 during day games, and average 4.7 runs during these games (just have to learn how to win at night!).
The NL West is up for grabs, and yes, if you had those pieces back why WOULDN'T they be contenders? They almost took the NL West last year, and the team who did win it won the whole thing!
I appreciate that if you still had Correia and Gonzalez this wouldn't assure them of this feat, but you'd have a team entering June that would have a realistic shot. Instead, you have "there is always next year."

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May 30, 2011  12:28 PM ET

Hey Prayin' Utleys, well said.
By no means is Correia an "ace" (although he is for Pittsburgh this year, although not for long the way Morton is pitching), but he is a nice four or five (like he was last year on the Padres staff), and remember that his brother died last season which didn't help his numbers.
Personally though, I don't think you win a World Series by fluke. The Giants have perhaps the best rotation in baseball, and although they certainly lack power (like San Diego), they received key hitting and were VERY well coached. I personally still think Latos is going to be special (perhaps came off the DL early?), and if they had of re-signed Gonzalez (and the others I mentioned) might have been able to pull off a 88+ win season. And in the NL West, that might get you the division title.

May 30, 2011  12:43 PM ET
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Are you listening, John Mozeliak?

Now why would Mo want to go out and get a real closer when he can just give Franklin his job back??? *gag*

May 30, 2011  12:51 PM ET

Imagine if St. Louis had Wainwright in that rotation? Scary. Team is playing great baseball.

May 30, 2011  12:51 PM ET

Imagine if St. Louis had Wainwright in that rotation? Scary. Team is playing great baseball. No question though, they need a closer. If they can get that, this team might be the one to beat in the NL.

May 30, 2011  01:13 PM ET

as long as you get good players...somebody better be right on this

May 30, 2011  02:52 PM ET

The Angels could use one of those quality bullpen arms, but knowing them they'll stick with Fraudney and Jepsen and let them choke wins away.

May 30, 2011  08:53 PM ET
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Now why would Mo want to go out and get a real closer when he can just give Franklin his job back??? *gag*

I certainly hope they don't let him close ever again.

 
May 31, 2011  06:32 PM ET

Unfortunately, I could see the Padres moving several players at the deadline or before. Bell and Adams might be the first two but Hawpe, Cantu and Ludwick should also follow. Until the ownership transition is completed I think the Padres will be a small payroll team that will trade veterans at peak value to obtain low service time players or minor league prospects.

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