The MLB trade deadline makes for some strange bedfellows. How else could we possibly explain the San Diego Padres’ reported interest in Oakland Athletics ace Sonny Gray?

According to Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports, the Padres have joined seemingly half of Major League Baseball to show interest in the 27-year-old former All-Star.

“Looking for a dark horse (for Gray)? Try the Padres, who would be somewhat of a curious match, considering that most of their best prospects are in the lower minors,” Rosenthal reported. “The Pads, though, have shown steady interest in Gray, apparently viewing him as a possible fit in their long-term plan.”

As with pretty much every other team looking to acquire Gray, he would not be a rental for the Padres. That makes their interest in his services a bit more realistic.

Though, as Rosenthal clearly indicates, San Diego’s top prospects are currently playing low-level minor league ball. None of the Padres’ top-10 prospects (per MLB.com) have made it as far as even Triple-A this season. And while the organization is loaded from a farm system standpoint, Oakland might want players closer to making an impact in the Majors.