When you see what the Padres did -- obviously, you’re not making a deal just because they made massive amounts of deals, but did you feel like they had more to offer?
“We had conversations about Juan Soto with the Nationals like any team doing their due diligence did. Obviously, the Nationals gravitated to the package with the players they liked the best. He’s one of the best players in the big leagues, and I think every team would like to have him. We were involved, and the Nationals ultimately went with the group of players they liked the best.”
Do you feel like your system is close to where you could get involved in a deal like that?
“I think so much of [farm] systems aren’t just like the total talent or talented players but is your system healthy? Are guys having good seasons? Current year performance matters a lot. You might have pedigree as a prospect, but if you’re hurt or not playing well, that really impacts your value in the marketplace.”
Are you disappointed in those current situations in your system?
“You always have a mix. We have some guys having great seasons. We have some guys who have been hurt. We have some guys who have had down years. It’s common in every system. Certainly in the course of conversations over the last week, it was evident that some of those factors were impacting the valuation of our players in some potential buy scenarios.”
Did the position you’re in right now make it tempting to try to make a move with Rodón to potentially get pieces that could help you next year and beyond?
“We kind of explored everything. I think there were scenarios that would have maybe involved us taking a little bit of a step back this year. In the end, nothing made sense for us. We’re always kind of juggling the present and the future. Whether it’s a trade discussion, whether it’s playing time decisions. That trade-off is constantly at the forefront. I think we carefully thought through the different scenarios. It’s certainly possible that we made some of those deals that were more future oriented. Nothing lined up or made sense.
“I think this team A) has the capability of making the playoffs again. We were in playoff position for most of the season. And B) I think with the top of our rotation, we have a chance to be a dangerous playoff team if we get there.”