So, the Padres sure did a whole lot of nothin’, eh?

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The Padres went hog wild in December. Then they lost a lot of games and many people — present company included — assumed that they’d make a lot of noise at the trade deadline. Reports were that they’d trade Tyson Ross, Andrew Cashner, Justin Upton and maybe James Shields. Maybe even more!

But that didn’t happen. In fact, they did nothing. Nada. Zip. Why?

I suppose stranger things have happened. Worth nothing, however, that they have a worse record than the Tigers, who are selling off. They are eight games back in their division and they seven and a half back in the wild card with five teams ahead of them, many of them pretty strong teams. It’s hard to see that happening.

But hey, in these awful times, is it not nice to see someone being optimistic? Padres fans? Do you agree?

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.