Nevin injury halts potential deal?

Phil Nevin underwent surgery on Monday morning and will miss anywhere from two to six weeks of baseball. Nevin had been tearing the cover off the ball in recent weeks, smacking eight homers and knocking in 23 since June 6. Xavier Nady has been called up to take his place.

With Phil Nevin out and Xavier Nady up, the impact could be seen in trade talks.

The Padres had been exploring a trade with the Seattle Mariners for Gil Meche.

The Padres brass got a chance to see Meche pitch against their Portland team last week and were encouraged by what they saw. Meche pitched eight innings and gave up four runs on nine hits. He did not figure into the decision and is 1-1 with Tacoma.

Meche, still just 25, was a 15 game winner in 2003 but struggled mightily out of the gate in '04. He was 1-5 with a 7.06 ERA, walking 29 in 43.1 innings pitched and holding a WHIP of 1.94.

The original deal being discussed was sending Nady in exchange for Meche. Nady was hitting .311 with ten homers and 32 RBI's in 47 games with the Beavers. Ironically, the injury to Nevin could speed up the trade talks for Diamondbacks centerfielder Steve Finley.

The Padres are awaiting word from the Diamondbacks as to which prospects they would be interested in.

"If we're only going to miss (Nevin) for 10 days, we can hold our ground," outfielder turned back into first baseman Ryan Klesko said.


Padres scouts have been in Baltimore looking at several left-handed relievers. The Friars currently do not own a lefthander in the back end of the rotation. Buddy Groom, B.J. Ryan and John Parrish are three pitchers that are being sought, not only by the Padres. The Astros and Angels are also looking at each of those pitchers.

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