Luis Arraez Apr 24, 2024; Atlanta, Georgia, USA; Miami Marlins second baseman Luis Arraez (3) celebrates with teammates after scoring a run against the Atlanta Braves in the ninth inning at Truist Park. Mandatory Credit: Brett Davis-USA TODAY Sports

The San Diego Padres are in the business of collecting All-Stars again.

ESPN’s Jeff Passan reported Friday night the Padres are nearing a deal to land All-Star second baseman Luis Arráez from the Miami Marlins.

According to Passan’s report, San Diego would acquire the two-time batting champion in exchange for three prospects and a relief pitcher, adding the deal is expected to be finalized “soon.”

The deal came together quickly, given Arráez was originally listed in the starting lineup for the Marlins Friday night.

Unless the Padres are trading away several top-five prospects, it seems to be a good deal for them. Arráez, 27, is not eligible for free agency until after the 2025 season. He hit .354 last season and is a .324 lifetime hitter with a .801 OPS. He is a sub-par defender, however.

It’s a “win-now” type of move for the Padres. The team failed to make the playoffs in 2023, despite a star-studded lineup featuring Juan Soto, Manny Machado, Xander Bogaerts and Fernando Tatís Jr. Soto is now gone to the New York Yankees, of course, but Arráez brings a big bat and star power.

For the Marlins, who entered the day 9-24, the deal makes sense. They’re not going anywhere with Arráez, it’s best to start rebuilding for the future with prospects.

The MLB world had many different thoughts on the issue.

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