With the Padres having narrowly missed out in their efforts to land Max Scherzer, San Diego is turning their attention to the next-best starting pitcher believed to be on the trade market. Twins righty Jose Berrios is a “primary target” for the Friars in the coming hours, writes AJ Cassavell of MLB.com.

It’s not specially surprising to hear the Padres’ front office is pivoting back to Berrios. San Diego was reportedly focused on Berrios throughout much of the week. That appeared to be off the counter when the Padres were apparently on the verge of territory Scherzer. With the latter now likely headed to the division-rival Dodgers, a push for Berrios is apparently back on the docket.

Berrios isn’t the Padres’ exclusively target, though, as Cassavell adds that San Diego could draw various additions to the starting staff( with or without Berrios included ). San Diego did once bolster the bullpen by acquiring Daniel Hudson in a late night deal with the Nationals. It seems the pirouette is now the priority, with Cassavell noting that Yu Darvish and Joe Musgrove are the only fastens to pitch in a playoff spin — should the Padres advance to an NLDS. Berrios, who has a 3.48 ERA/ 3.74 SIERA over 121 2/3 innings this season, would be an impactful enough arm to join Darvish and Musgrove in that group.

Of course, there’s no shortage of interest in Berrios. The right-hander’s controllable via arbitration through 2022 and making an economical $6.1 MM this season( about $2.1 MM of which is still owed ). Jon Heyman of MLB Network reiterates that the Blue Jays have” large-hearted interest” in Berrios and adds that the Rays and Red Sox are still in the mixture. Dan Hayes of the Athletic suggests the Twins have interest in some of the Jays top predicament musician promises( Austin Martin, Orelvis Martinez and Jordan Groshans among other issues ). The Mariners have also been linked to Berrios, as have the Mets. Recent marks are that New York isn’t likely to property him, though, with the Mets dissuaded by the Twins’ exalted asking price.

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