Jeff Moorad: Padres Have Money to Spend, Will Look for Starting Pitching
The Padres are shopping for starting pitchers leading up to the July 31st trade deadline. Shopping and buying aren't the same thing, but San Diego will see what the market will bear.
"I think there may be an interest on our part in acquiring another starting pitcher, remembering that our No. 1 starter (Chris Young) has been on the disabled list for virtually the entire season," Moorad said. "I'm not sure that isn't where we need perhaps a piece. But all that will become clearer as we move toward the end of July."
Moorad said the Padres have money to spend.
"There's no doubt we'll spend the money if there's a piece that we think makes sense," he said. "I think we need to be convinced that there are pieces that make sense, both short term as well as whatever it would cost to bring them in from a prospect standpoint."
The Padres are surveying from a position of strength. Entering Monday, their starting ERA (3.26) ranked first in the majors. One of their better pitchers, Tim Stauffer, is close to returning to the club. He was 2-1 with an ERA of 0.39 before an appendectomy put him on the disabled list.
Young's return this season is in doubt, though, and three starting pitchers haven't worked a full season in the major leagues. The team's best starter, Mat Latos, is only 22. He will get extra rest in the second half of the season. Manager Bud Black said veteran starters Jon Garland and Kevin Correia probably can stay on schedule.
Successful as a reliever earlier in his career, Correia (5-5) took a 5.14 ERA into Monday's outing against the Rockies and gave up four runs before the fourth inning.
Entering Monday, the Padres (45-30) were leading the National League West by 4 1/2 games over the second-place Giants.