two blurbs from a larger athletic article
|Padres still on the prowl
Even after trading for left-hander Blake Snell and righty Yu Darvish, the Padres are doing background work on multiple free-agent starting pitchers, sources say. One of those pitchers, righty Masahiro Tanaka, has connections to two significant members of the organization – Darvish and pitching coach Larry Rothschild.
Darvish and Tanaka are friends and Rothschild was Tanaka’s pitching coach with the Yankees from 2014 to ’19.
|The Padres’ interest in Tanaka and other starters might reflect continuing concern over righty Dinelson Lamet, who did not pitch in the postseason due to biceps tendinitis. Rival executives, meanwhile, express surprise the team is willing to ponder additional expenditures, including a monster extension for shortstop Fernando Tatis Jr. The Padres play in the league’s fourth-smallest media market, and their luxury-tax payroll of $165.2 million is within $45 million of the first threshold.
at least one team is spending money to try to win.