Padres have discussed trade for Brewers’ Luis Sardinas

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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.

Mets are interested in Rick Porcello

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Jon Heyman reports that the Mets are interested in free agent pitcher Rick Porcello and have been speaking to his agent.

Porcello is coming off a pretty dreadful 2019 season in which he went 14-12 with a 5.52 ERA in 32 starts. That ERA was the worst in the majors among qualified starters. He’s also pretty homer happy. But (a) he’s durable; and (b) a change of scenery and a move to a more pitcher-friendly division and park might do him some good, so it’s not like he’s a bad guy for the Mets to be looking at. He’s only going to be 31 next season and he’s just a year removed from a decent season.

There are far worse bounceback candidates.