A.J. Preller isn't afraid to make bold moves, that's for sure.
Since baseball's Winter Meetings, the new San Diego Padres general manager has redone the team's entire outfield with trades for Matt Kemp, Justin Upton and Wil Myers.
The problem? Now, they have 11 outfielders on the active roster when they realistically will only keep around five.
What will they do?
There are lingering trade rumors that would send Phillies starter Cole Hamels back near his hometown to the Padres in exchange for a group of players that would include Myers.
The Baltimore Sun reported that the Orioles are interested in Padres left-handed outfielders Seth Smith and Wil Venable.
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What the Padres would want in return is pitching, most likely starting pitching to go along with Tyson Ross, Ian Kennedy and Andrew Cashner.
“One team source said the Padres were inquiring about Dylan Bundy and Kevin Gausman, who have been on every team's wish list in potential trades,” the Sun story said.
Who else could make the team?
If Myers stays, the new acquisitions should be the starting outfield. Myers will reportedly play center field with Upton in left and Kemp in right.
That leaves Cameron Maybin, Venable, Smith, Carlos Quentin, Rymer Liriano, Abraham Almonte, Alex Dickerson and Jake Goebbert to fight for the remaining spots.
Maybin, Venable, Smith, Liriano and Almonte have the best shots at making it. Quentin hasn't been the same guy since arriving from Chicago.
Dickerson is a big time prospect who will likely start in the minors if he isn't traded in a deal like one for a guy like Hamels, Bundy or Gausman.
What if they don't land a big pitcher?
Eventually, some players will have to get waived. Several will be grabbed off waivers immediately. But, before that happens, it's more likely that minor deals will come into play.
Preller is obviously not shy to make moves and could set some sort of record for offseason acquisitions.
The team plans to introduce Myers, Upton and new catcher Derek Norris on Dec. 1 and the San Diego Union-Tribune reported that a potential move sending Myers for Hamels is premature at this point.
Myers posted a photo of a No. 4 jersey on his Instagram, meaning either Goebbert is switching numbers or there are plans to move him after acquiring Goebbert last season for Kyle Blanks.
Almonte was acquired by the Padres last year in a deal that sent Chris Denorfia to the Mariners. So, a couple of these guys could be on the move again this year to alleviate the logjam.