I used to do this Twitter Q&A thing a few years back, so with nothing to write about last night, I decided to reboot the series. Twitter came through.

With Yangervis Solarte currently out with a strained oblique, this question gets a little more complicated. Still, I have a feeling the Padres will end up sticking with Solarte even if he comes back before the deadline (the guys at Gwynntelligence felt the same way on their podcast yesterday). There are some soft factors that make a lot sense there, plus the Tigers didn’t get back a whole bunch for J.D. Martinez in a recent trade. It seems like most teams just aren’t looking to add position players at the deadline, as everyone scrambles for more arms. The Red Sox could make sense for a fit if they want to be patient with their top prospect, third baseman Rafael Devers.

If Solarte stays in San Diego, that means he’ll be getting regular reps at second. That leaves Cory Spangenberg and Carlos Asuaje to duke it out over at third, with both of them likely getting time at second and in the outfield. Ryan Schimpf lurks in El Paso as an obvious candidate for a late-season recall, but it’s not clear that the Padres are too high on him.

I’m not sure if any team would actually trade for Erick Aybar, and I write that with all due respect to the lad. He works as a fine placeholder with the Padres, but I wouldn’t mind them getting “crazy” and putting either Spangenberg or Asuaje there (they could try both, although that’d leave nobody manning third). Sometimes a guy ends up playing better there than you’d think, plus it give you an extra opportunity to get another interesting position player on the field every day. Jose Rondon could also get a look at some point, although he’s currently on the DL at Triple-A El Paso. Aybar’s 33 years old and a replacement level player; I’d like to see the Padres use the second half to audition a few other players at short.

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Last Wednesday in Cleveland, Phil Maton made his usual entrance from the bullpen, unceremoniously striding in from somewhere behind the outfield wall in the middle of a sixth inning jam.

At first blush, Maton is your ordinary reliever; at 6-foot-3, 220 pounds, he was taken in the 20th round of the 2015 draft out of Louisiana Tech to little fanfare. He signed with the Padres for an undisclosed amount under $100,000 and didn’t even receive a draft scouting report from Baseball America. Maton rolled through the minors, however, feasting on younger, less experienced hitters with a typical relief pitcher arsenal, a fastball and slider. He reached the big leagues after just two full minor leagues seasons.

To the naked eye, Maton’s first pitch on Wednesday night, a 94 mile-per-hour heater to Jason Kipnis, taken for a strike right near the outside edge, looked pretty darned ordinary itself.

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