Are the Padres Still Eyeing Tommy Hanson?

According to the San Diego Union-Tribune, despite being told point blank by the Braves that Tommy Hanson is not available, the Padres still seem to be fixated on him:

Before Braves General Manager Frank Wren told the Associated Press on Thursday that he will not be trading his top prospects, the Braves, as part of trade talks involving Padres ace Jake Peavy, had told the Padres they will not deal their top pitching prospect, Tommy Hanson.

The Padres haven't stopped scouting Hanson in the Arizona Fall League; Friday, for the second time in seven days, they had three scouts there to watch and once again Hanson performed well.

To put that into perspective and to be a little more accurate, that game was the AFL Rising Stars game, an All-Star style game that features most of the top prospects from around the league. In addition to Hanson, also participating in that game was catcher Tyler Flowers, expected by some to be prime trade bait, and the Yankees Phillip Hughes, who is thought to be at the center of any package that the Yankees would put together to try and acquire Peavy. The Padres scouts could have been watching any number of different prospects in that game.

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