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The San Diego Padres have expressed interest in acquiring Red Sox outfielder Jarren Duran, according to reports. Multiple teams have reached out to the Red Sox about a potential trade. While no deal is imminent, trade discussions have taken place between the Padres and Red Sox. The Padres are in need of outfield help, as their current MLB outfielders are limited. They have considered reuniting with former outfielder Manuel Margot, but no formal offer has been made. The Padres also have non-roster invitees and top shortstop prospect Jackson Merrill as potential options.
The Padres have shown interest in Red Sox outfielder Jarren Duran, reports Jon Heyman of the New York Post. They're not alone in that regard, per the report, which indicates that multiple clubs have reached out to the Boston front office to express interest.
Jarren Duran, 27, would address San Diego's lack of outfield depth. Their only established MLB outfielder currently is Fernando Tatis Jr. The Padres have non-roster invitees vying for a roster spot in spring training, but they are exploring other options, such as using top shortstop prospect Jackson Merrill in the outfield. Duran, who had a breakout season in 2023, would provide speed and offensive production to the Padres lineup.
Duran, 27, would fill an acute need for the Padres, whose only established MLB outfielder at the moment is Fernando Tatis Jr. Beyond Tatis and Jose Azocar, San Diego doesn't even have an outfielder on its 40-man roster. Non-roster invitees to spring training like Oscar Mercado, Bryce Johnson and Cal Mitchell are among the current options to vie for a roster spot in spring training, although Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic reported earlier in the week that the Padres have also been considering the idea of deploying top shortstop prospect Jackson Merrill in the outfield this season as well. Merrill, the team's first-round pick in 2021 and the game's No. 17 prospect according to Baseball America, would also need to be added to the 40-man roster.