The Padres are receiving the most trade inquiries on back-end bullpen stalwarts Huston Street and Joaquin Benoit, which should come as no surprise considering the seasons they are having and the needs of contenders. Street and Benoit are not only the Padres' two best trade chips, they may be the top two relievers with reasonable contracts on what might be a thin relief market. Jonathan Papelbon is performing well for the Phillies, but they haven't decided to sell yet and his $12 million salary will turn off most teams. The rejuvenated Joakim Soria of the Rangers is drawing significant interest but Texas hasn't decided whether to sell, and if they do whether he will be available. Street and Benoit should bring valuable pieces back. Another bonus for interested teams, neither has a no-trade clause. Ironically, both were acquired in good deals by just-fired GM Josh Byrnes, Street in a trade from Colorado and Benoit as a free agent.
Padres relievers Street, Benoit draw high trade interest in thin pen market
CBS Sports | Jun 25