No team in the National League has won more games than the San Diego Padres this year, or outscored other teams by more runs. Just one team has a lower payroll. Credit them for trying to improve at the trade deadline, and credit them more for doing it.
Today's move is a three way deal with the St. Louis Cardinals and Cleveland Indians, in which the Padres acquired 32-year-old outfielder
So, likely, does once-relevant
There was a balance to be struck here between aggression and a sense of realism about the likely fate of a team that has one really good hitter and one really good starting pitcher, and the Padres managed it. The new players might be worth little more than a win or two, but if the Padres bleed out the rest of the way they'll at least do so with bandages attached to the wound. Kudos to them.
The other interesting part of that three-way trade was that the Cardinals got 32-year-old sinkerball pitcher
Cleveland got Kluber, possibly the most interesting pitcher the Padres traded, and saved some money. It's not nothing.