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Could Padres be Sox trade partner?

Posted by Nick Cafardo, Globe Staff  July 29, 2010 03:43 PM

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Don't be surprised to see a deal between the Padres and Red Sox before the deadline.

Nothing is etched in stone, but the the two teams appear to be a good fit given their respective needs. The Padres are looking for a middle infielder and Padres GM Jed Hoyer has familiarity with Jed Lowrie from their Boston days.

He's also looking fror an outfielder and the Sox will have some excess in the form of Jeremy Hermida, Bill Hall and Darnell McDonald when Jacoby Ellsbury returns in a week to 10 days (or so is the hope).

The Padres have an excellent bullpen. Lefty Joe Thatcher had a shoulder strain earlier this year, but is fine. In 32 games he had a WHIP of 0.68 and was 1-0 with a 1.74 ERA.

Nothing etched in stone, but Theo Epstein and Jed Hoyer do speak quite often.

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