Alexander: Business as usual in San Diego as trade deadline approaches
SAN DIEGO — It may not have been the most realistic scene in last year’s short-lived TV drama “Pitch,” which had as its backdrop San Diego and the Padres organization.
Yet it may have been the one that absolutely captured the life of a ballplayer as the trade deadline approaches: A row of players sitting in front of their clubhouse stalls, checking their phones for news.
The show didn’t display the aftermath, but we saw that in the real-life Padres clubhouse Monday, hours before a 5-3 loss to the Mets. Trevor Cahill, Ryan Buchter and Brandon Maurer packed their equipment bags while swapping one-liners with guys who, a half-hour earlier, had been teammates.
“Hey, does this show how to get to Kansas City?” Cahill joked, holding up what looked like a kids’ book before stuffing it into his duffel.
By now, I’m guessing, he knows how. Cahill, until Monday a member of the Padres starting rotation, and Maurer and Buchter, two trusted members of the bullpen, were traded to the Royals Monday afternoon for left-handed pitchers Matt Strahm and Travis Wood and Rookie League infielder Esteury Ruiz.
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This is now standard operating procedure in San Diego. General Manager A.J. Preller has spent the last year and a half swapping veterans for prospects, the goal being contention in 2019. Or maybe 2020. To those on the ground now, the endgame seems so far away.
“Nobody was blindsided by this,” Manager Andy Green said. “We’re all excited about the future prospects, but this day … yeah, it’s going to be a […]