Padres general manager A.J. Preller has been very active on the trade front this offseason, but he might not be done yet.
According to FOX Sports’ Ken Rosenthal, the Padres have discussed the Brewers’ Luis Sardinas as an option for shortstop. Sardinas was just acquired from the Rangers two weeks ago along with right-handers Corey Knebel and Marcos Diplan in the Yovani Gallardo deal. It’s unclear whether the Brewers have any interest in flipping him this quickly and there haven’t been any recent trade talks, but they have a need in their bullpen at the moment and the Padres have some interesting arms to offer.
As of now, the Padres currently project to go with some combination of Alexi Amarista and Clint Barmes at shortstop in 2015. Known for his glove, the 25-year-old Sardinas made his major league debut last season and batted .261/.303/.313 over 125 plate appearances while making starts between shortstop, second base, and third base. Preller knows Sardinas well from his time in Texas.
Japanese League commissioner Atsushi Saito announced that Japan’s professional baseball season will open on June 19. Teams can being practice games on June 2. There will be no fans. Indeed, the league has not yet even begun to seriously discuss a plan for fans to begin attending games, though that may happen eventually.
The season will begin three months after its originally scheduled opening day of March 20. It will be 120 games long. Teams in each six-team league — the Central League and Pacific League — will play 24 games against each league opponent. There will be no interleague play and no all-star game.
The announcement came in the wake of a national state of emergency being lifted for both Tokyo and the island of Hokkaido. The rest of the country emerged from the state of emergency earlier this month. This will allow the Japanese leagues to follow leagues in South Korea and Taiwan which have been playing for several weeks.
In the United States, Major League Baseball is hoping to resume spring training in mid June before launching a shortened regular season in early July. That plan is contingent on the league and the players’ union coming to an agreement on both financial arrangements and safety protocols for a 2020 season. Negotiations on both are ongoing. Major League Baseball will, reportedly, make a formal proposal about player compensation tomorrow.