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Place to discuss baseball: Dec 3

News and Notes: December 3

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Hi, fellow nerds.

There’s not much happening. But we do what we do.

So let’s discuss the Padres, I guess...

they might trade Juan Soto by the time they depart the Opryland Resort on Thursday

Perhaps closer to an “if” at the start of the offseason, the Padres moving Soto is now widely seen as a “when.” What was “listening” is now “talking.”

[Trading Soto] is merely the top item on the Padres’ to-do list. Underlined and bolded on that list is finding starting pitchers to slot behind Joe Musgrove and Yu Darvish. (Or slot right with that pair, if their interest in Brewers right-hander Corbin Burnes, the 2021 National League Cy Young winner, proves fruitful.)

Here’s the source on all those quotes. Given that I’m pretty sure the Guardians and Padres talk hourly, if they’re pursuing starting pitchers, specifically fellows with the ceiling of Corbin Burnes, then they’ve probably kicked around the Shane Bieber idea, too. I don’t want to deal Bieber, but that’s something to keep an eye on.