The Padres went out and traded for a former Cy Young winner, according to multiple reports, and now seem to have their eyes on a recent runner-up.
After reports Sunday that San Diego has agreed to acquire Blake Snell from the Rays, multiple sources confirmed "ongoing talks" between the Cubs and Padres regarding 2020 NL Cy Young Award runner-up Yu Darvish.
Earlier Monday, The Athletic reported the two clubs are in "deep talks" regarding Darvish. Kevin Acee of the San Diego Union-Tribune reported the deal's framework is all but done.
Darvish's name has been connected to San Diego on the rumor mill of late, most recently on Friday, when Acee reported the two clubs had been in contact for the 34-year-old right-hander. And now, even with Snell headed west, those talks appear very much alive.
The trade could be completed as soon as Monday, according to USA Today's Bob Nightengale.
It's unclear which players the Cubs could acquire in a Darvish deal, but it's noteworthy that San Diego's package to Tampa Bay (again, per reports) doesn't include either of their top two prospects: lefty starting pitcher MacKenzie Gore and shortstop CJ Abrams.
Nightengale reported Padres No. 4 prospect and catcher Luis Campusano is one player being discussed in the talks.
Darvish has a limited no-trade clause, but according to MLB Network's Jon Heyman, the Padres are not one of the 12 teams on it. Also noteworthy is San Diego GM AJ Preller was key in recruiting Darvish to the Rangers from Japan during his time in Texas' front office. Preller has been known to make major moves in clusters during his career as an executive.
Preller has been known to make major moves in clusters during his career as an executive. That included making his four biggest moves last offseason in a 10-day span, when he signed Drew Pomeranz as a free agent, and acquired Zach Davies, Jurickson Profar and 2020 NL Rookie of the Year finalist Jake Cronenworth in three separate trades.
Heyman also speculated whether the deal could be larger and include other Cubs.
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