But do they really need him?
Maybe not, at this point.
The Padres lead the major leagues with 14 quality starts (six innings minimum, no more than three earned runs) in 19 games through Sunday.
After ace Jake Peavy, their best starters have actually been Randy Wolf and Justin Germano at the back of the rotation.
Chris Young (No. 2) and Greg Maddux (No. 3) are the only starters who have had their struggles thus far.
If and when Prior comes back, it will be like trading for him and obtaining another arm.
Should he come close to where he once was with the Chicago Cubs, he will definitely be a shot in the arm for the Padres.
This is a team with an abundance of pitching that is slow on speed and weak in power.
Too bad Prior can’t hit home runs and steal bases.