The San Diego Padres asked the Arizona Diamondbacks for three-time All-Star first baseman Paul Goldschmidt in a trade that included closer Craig Kimbrel, according to Vince Marotta of Arizona Sports 98.7.
“We really did not get a very positive response for trying to acquire Kimbrel,” Stewart told Burns and Gambo Friday.
“I don’t know that it was not wanting to trade within the division, but I can tell you the quality of players that they asked for — including our first baseman, Paul Goldschmidt…”
“They asked for Paul Goldschmidt,” Gambo asked.
“Now you get it,” Stewart responded while laughing.”
Goldschmidt is an MVP candidate that is currently hitting .347/.464/.605 with 22 homers and 77 RBIs. To pull off a trade of this magnitude the Padres would have to include another high caliber player too, as trading the best closer for one of the best first baseman in baseball is laughable (I guess that’s why Stewart is laughing).
Kimbrel was acquired from the Braves before the season started, he’s been successful on 30 of his 31 save opportunities. The 27-year-old closer also has the highest ERA of his career this season at 2.68.
Comment below and let us know what you would’ve done if you were in the Padres or D-Backs front office.