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Padres GM AJ Preller reveals motivation behind shocking blockbuster trade

Padres GM AJ Preller reveals motivation behind shocking blockbuster trade

The San Diego Padres made a rare May trade this past weekend when they acquired former Miami Marlin Luis Arráez and cash considerations in exchange for Dillon Head, Woo-Suk Go, Jakob Marsee and Nathan Martorella .

It’s shocking to see a player of Arráez’s caliber being traded in May, rather than before the season or near the trade deadline. It happened on Saturday and the Padres managed to bring in one of the best designated hitters in the National League.

Padres general manager AJ Preller revealed the thought process behind the Arráez trade.

“We knew we had to find other ways to offend,” Preller said via Dennis Lin of The Athletic. “A left-handed bat was something we prioritized. And I think ultimately…we could wait or we could go out and try to get one of the best left-handed bats that we probably thought was available, and do it now and go get Luis Arráez for 140 games rather than find someone else for 60 games.

The move already appears to have paid off, with Arráez setting a Padres franchise record by notching four hits in his debut with the team. The designated hitter adds a crucial presence to the Padres’ lineup, especially with the top of their lineup struggling in points this season. Besides the need, Preller found the value to be worth it for the business.

“I think it was a situation where it went both ways, where we could add elite talent, we could do it at a price that ultimately suited us this year, and hopefully that will allow us to do other things later if we have to,” Preller said, via Lin.

Arráez has led in each of his first three games in the Padres lineup and has a .303 batting average with six RBIs this season. Overall, Arráez slashed .324/.377/.423 with 24 home runs and 207 RBIs in his career.