Tom Krasovic: MLB evaluators examine Padres' trade flurry from cost angle

How much talent did Padres General Manager A.J. Preller deal away in a timely push to get big leaguers headed by ace Mike Clevinger, catcher Austin Nola, closer Trevor Rosenthal and hitter Mitch Moreland?I checked with other MLB clubs. Their answers follow.———Who was the best prospect the Padres traded?Respondents all identified the same player: shortstop Gabriel Arias, who went to Cleveland with five others in the nine-player trade that returned Clevinger, 29.“Arias can play shortstop right now in the big leagues,” said one official. “He has a very good arm and good hands.”Arias played with L…

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