NL West Notes: Soto, Padres, Merrill, Wood, Giants, Heaney, Taylor

Speculation continues to swirl over which team (if any) could leverage John Soto away from the Nationals before the trade deadline, or even which clubs are top contenders heading into August 2. According to Jon Heyman and Joel Sherman of the New York Post, the Nats could be “focusing on one or two teams at the moment”, with the Cardinals seen by some rivals as a likely candidate to be one of those clubs due to the amount of talent ready for MLB St. Louis. Regarding the NL West, however, a rival manager tells Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic that “I think San Diego is as likely as the other 28 teams combined. They have the players and they have [A.J.] Bouncer.”

Admittedly, the fathersThe president of baseball operations is always open to bold moves, and that confidence extends to the team’s prospects in that the Padres “are confident they can continue to rebuild their agricultural system.” While San Diego has dealt with quality blue-chipers in other deals over the years, more intriguing new names continue to emerge. For example, Rosenthal writes that teams have shown interest in the shortstop Jackson Merrill and outfielder James Woodthe Padres’ top two picks in the 2021 draft. Merrill and Wood were both high school picks who are still a few years away from the greats, so as far as Soto is concerned, the Padres could hang on to the young duo as as future building blocks while addressing other prospects that better align with Nationals requirements.

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  • The giantsDefense was an underrated reason for the club’s success in 2021, but this year San Francisco has fallen near the bottom of several major defensive stats. As a result, Rosenthal reports that the Giants are considering adding a strong defenseman, ideally for an infielder or DH candidate (Tommy LaStella is cited as an example by Rosenthal). Putting a good glove in the mix could lift all the tides, allowing the Giants to better line up their defenders and help fill the holes created by multiple injuries around the roster.
  • Andrew Heane should be activated on the 15-day injured list to start the Dodgers‘ game against the Nationals on Wednesday, manager Dave Roberts told Bill Plunkett of the Orange County Register and other reporters. After two starts to open the season, Heaney made just one more appearance (June 19), sandwiched between two long stints in IL due to shoulder issues. The southpaw pitched five innings in his last start in minor league rehab, and it’s safe to assume LA will keep Heaney’s workload relatively limited as he climbs back up. In other Dodgers injury news, Chris Taylor (fractured foot) took part in batting practice yesterday and could be ticketed for a rehab assignment later this week.

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