Grandal and his agents will ask the Padres for a trade or release, according to Sports Rumor Alert's own Robert Murray. Murray notes that when Grandal gets traded or released to keep an eye on the Cubs, as Grandal and Chicago manager Rick Renteria have a "great relationship."
The 25-year-old Grandal was drafted twelfth overall by the Cincinnati Reds in the 2010 draft and was traded to the Padres in the Mat Latos deal of 2011. The University of Miami alum has a 112 OPS+ in 647 career major league plate appearances, suggesting that he his OPS is 12 percent above league-average (adjusted to park factors). However, in his first full-time action this season, Grandal has not impressed, playing both below average offensively and defensively.
The Padres do have Grandal's contract rights through the 2018 season, so a trade may be more likely than a release. He still is not arbitration-eligible, having only one year and 115 days of major league service time heading into this season.
In 313 plate appearances this season, Grandal is hitting .203/.300/.365/.666 with 10 home runs and 28 runs batted in. He has a 0.3 bWAR (Baseball-Reference WAR) and a 0.4 fWAR (FanGraphs WAR) in 97 games played. His 25.6 strikeout percentage is the highest mark of his career.
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