Padres may not be finished trading
General manager remains receptive to negotiations
CINCINNATI -- Now that the Padres have traded pitcher Randy Wolf and first baseman Tony Clark, does that mean the selling time is over for the team heading into the July 31 non-waiver trade deadline?
Not necessarily, Padres general manager Kevin Towers said Tuesday after sending Wolf to the Houston Astros for a Minor League pitcher.
Towers admitted to being receptive to offers from other teams, though he does not think the team will move three players -- third baseman Kevin Kouzmanoff, catcher Josh Bard and shortstop Khalil Greene -- before the trade deadline.
"It's very doubtful anything happens with those guys," Towers said.
That would mean the lone viable trade option the Padres have on their 25-man roster is veteran pitcher Greg Maddux, who got the start Wednesday against Cincinnati at Great American Ball Park.
Maddux, 42, has a full no-trade clause and, according to sources, would only be willing to leave San Diego if it was for a West Coast team.
Another source said on Tuesday that Maddux (3-8, 4.21 ERA) would prefer to be traded to the Dodgers if he were to leave San Diego.
Maddux, who went into Wednesday's game with 350 career victories, spent half a season with the Dodgers in 2006, going 6-3 with a 3.30 ERA in 12 starts.
As far as trading within his own division, Towers has no qualms at all with dealing with another team in the National League West.
"I personally have never been opposed to trading within the division," Towers said. "You can't have a fear of it or it will come back to bite you. If you have confidence in the input you're getting from your people and the player you're getting in return, you're fine."
Last week, the Padres sent Clark to Arizona, their second deal in the last year with the Diamondbacks.
Corey Brock is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.