"We don't have the talent base here in order to be successful."
The Padres appear poised to move three-time All-Star closer Heath Bell, and according to a handful of online reports, San Diego has an apt suitor in the Texas Rangers, who are seeking a reliever for the back end of their bullpen.
The Cardinals and Phillies could also add a reliever, and both have been linked to Bell in the past.
Bell, who is making $7.5 million this year, will be a free agent after the season. He's said he would take a discounted deal to remain in San Diego, though the Padres, a team seeking impact players with upside, figure to move him for prospects.
"Am I going to Texas or Anaheim? I don't know," Bell said after Thursday's 4-3 victory over the D-backs. "I think a trade is going to happen. It's probably just going to wait until we're near the wire. I've come to terms with it."
Chad Qualls, who has a 3.37 ERA, is another reliever the Padres figure to move before Sunday. Qualls, a former closer in Arizona, has reestablished himself as a viable late-inning bullpen option by rediscovering his power sinker.
San Diego doesn't appear ready to move righty Mike Adams, regarded as one of the top eighth-inning specialists in the game. Adams would likely slide into the closer role if the team moves Bell in a deal.
The Padres struck gold by signing free-agent starting pitcher -- and San Diego native, no less -- Aaron Harang. The right-hander has won a team-best nine games and has a 3.45 ERA. But he also has a player option worth $5 million for 2012.
Outfielder Ryan Ludwick, whom San Diego added before the Trade Deadline a year ago to boost its offense, figures to be on the move again. Ludwick is making $6.775 million this season and will be a free agent this offseason.
Ludwick, who entered Friday having collected a team-best 62 RBIs, has drawn interest from the Braves, Phillies and Indians. Ludwick played parts of three seasons in Cleveland (2003-05) before heading to the Cardinals, with whom he became an All-Star in 2008.