In 2019, the Milwaukee Brewers traded Trent Grisham to the San Diego Padres. Pitcher Zach Davies was sent with him in exchange for Luis Urias and Eric Lauer.
Both Urias and Lauer currently play for the Brewers. Urias has had his ups and downs as a Brewer whereas Lauer has found more consistent success.
On the Padres side, Davies was used in a trade package to the Cubs that yielded them Yu Darvish. Grisham has won two gold glove awards, but is also coming off a dreadful offensive season in 2022.
In public, Padres General Manager A.J. Preller had said “our intention is to play this position group together.” However, a writer with inside sources is saying otherwise.
According to Dennis Lin, Padres beat writer for the Athletic, San Diego may be looking to trade Trent Grisham.
Grisham is currently entering his first season of arbitration. He is under club control through the 2025 season. Why would the Padres want to trade him?
Lin states in his article that the Padres are interested in controllable starting pitchers. Between Joe Musgrove, Blake Snell, and Yu Darvish, only Musgrove is under contract beyond 2023.
In the article, Lin specifically mentions Pablo Lopez of the Marlins as a trade target for the Padres. Using Grisham in a trade package in order to acquire him, or a different controllable starting pitcher not named Corbin Burnes, would make some sense.
It will be interesting to see if the former Brewer outfielder does end up getting traded. If he does, then the two players that the Brew Crew used in order to get Luis Urias and Eric Lauer will both no longer be members of the Padres organization.