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Padres asked Dodgers for Verdugo in Hand trade discussions

Jon Heyman

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This is a 2017 photo of Alex Verdugo. This image reflects the Los Angeles Dodgers active roster as of Friday, Feb. 24, 2017, when the photo was taken in Glendale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Morry Gash)
AP Photo/Morry Gash

The San Diego Padres asked for big Los Angeles Dodgers prospect Alex Verdugo in talks regarding fine lefty reliever Brad Hand, sources tell FanRag Sports’ Jon Heyman and Robert Murray.

This goes along with the Padres’ earlier request for top infield prospect Gleyber Torres from the Yankees, a team also in talks for Hand.

There’s no likelihood seen of the Dodgers doing this, just as the Yankees didn’t do it.

Hand, an All-Star and one of the better lefties on the trade market after thriving in San Diego, ‎should draw a better return than one might think based on supply and demand of lefty relievers. But at least in the early stage the Padres are shooting for some of the best prospects in the game.

The Nats are yet another big-market, contending team eying Hand. Close to 10 teams are believed to have shown interest, with the Milwaukee Brewers, Arizona Diamondbacks, Colorado Rockies, Chicago Cubs and several other contenders hoping to augment their pens.

Verdugo, who played in the Futures Game in Miami, is the Dodgers’ No. 2 prospect and the 50th-ranked prospect in all of baseball, according to MLB.com. Verdugo is hitting .346 with three home runs, 42 RBI, 52 runs scored and eight steals in 79 games with Triple-A Oklahoma City this season.

The 21-year-old was drafted in the second round (62nd overall) of the 2014 MLB Draft by Los Angeles. He is yet to make his MLB debut.

Robert Murray contributed to this report.

Jon Heyman is an MLB Insider for FanRag Sports, featuring breaking news, information and his Inside Baseball column, which appears on FanRagSports.com every Thursday. Heyman also has been an insider at MLB Network since the channel launched in 2009 and is a regular contributor to WFAN in New York, where he appears weekly on the Joe and Evan Show and previously appeared on the Mike and the Mad Dog Show. He also appears on WSCR in Chicago, WBZ-FM in Boston and the Petros and Money Show on Fox in Los Angeles. Heyman comes to FanRag Sports from CBSSports.com, where he worked for five years and wrote the popular Inside Baseball notes column. Before going to CBS, Heyman worked for five years at Sports Illustrated and SI.com, where he was a senior writer and started an Inside Baseball Column. Heyman worked for 16 years at Newsday in New York, where he was the Yankees beat writer, a baseball columnist and finally a general sports columnist. Heyman started his career at the Moline (Ill.) Daily Dispatch, then moved to the Los Angeles Copley Newspapers (Torrance Daily Breeze and Santa Monica Outlook) before going to Newsday. Heyman at one time also served as a national baseball writer for The Sporting News. Heyman is a graduate of Northwestern University's Medill School of Journalism. The Santa Fe, N.M. native grew up in Cedarhurst, N.Y., on Long Island.

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