June 25, 2021

Acee: Padres ‘almost certainly’ out on Cole, Strasburg (Gaslamp Ball)

For those still dizzy from this past weekend’s brown & gold reverie, Union-Tribune scribe/Padres front office lurker Kevin Acee has some cold water to bring you back to sober reality.

According to Acee’s report today, the Padres are unlikely to pursue frontline free agent pitchers Gerrit Cole and Stephen Strasburg.

While Cole never seemed like a realistic shot, given that he may be the first pitcher to command a $218MM+ guarantee, hometown boy Stephen Strasburg had been on the top of many Christmas wish lists.

While that may bring some disappointment to your San Diego yuletide, Acee does emphasize that the club is still looking to acquire frontline pitching, noting that a “four- or five-year commitment, at $16-20 million a year, for 29-year-old free agent Zack Wheeler, is a more likely route for the Padres”.

So, basically: no Cole at $218MM+; no Stras at $180MM+; but maybe Wheeler at 5/$100MM?
While I trust that Acee’s sources are well-placed, it’s worth noting that Strasburg’s receipt of a $180MM contract—which is what, according to Acee’s article, Strasburg’s agent Scott Boras is seeking—would possibly drive Wheeler’s market above $100MM….

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