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Beat reporter AJ Cassavell fields Padres fans' questions
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What's a realistic return for Brad Hand?
-- Kevin C.

Hand's trade value seems to rise with every appearance he makes. His 1-2-3 seventh inning in the All-Star Game presented by Mastercard on Tuesday was no different. Simply put, he's as durable and versatile a relief weapon as any on the market.

What's a realistic return for Brad Hand?
-- Kevin C.

Hand's trade value seems to rise with every appearance he makes. His 1-2-3 seventh inning in the All-Star Game presented by Mastercard on Tuesday was no different. Simply put, he's as durable and versatile a relief weapon as any on the market.

As for a potential trade haul, given Hand's team-friendly contract, I think it's fair to expect multiple prospects. He won't quite fetch an Andrew Miller-level return, because he hasn't sustained his dominance nearly as long.

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But Miller proved last year how impactful a durable, strikeout-prone reliever can be in the postseason. With that in mind, I'd guess that any team offering two solid prospects (though not necessarily its best) would get the attention of general manager A.J. Preller.

With Josh Naylor to Double-A, does that mean we see a switch to left field for Wil Myers sometime in the near future?
-- Brian H.

Naylor grabbed a few headlines at the SiriusXM All-Star Futures Game this week -- for his prodigious batting-practice blasts and his performance in the game itself. That said, he's nowhere near a big league callup. Naylor turned 20 on June 22. He will be one of the Texas League's youngest players.

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With that in mind, there is no position change imminent for Myers. He's regressed a bit defensively this season. But the Padres still love his skill set at first.

In a couple of years, Myers could transition back to the outfield, if the Padres deem it necessary. He's athletic enough to make the switch happen with a minimal reacclimation period. But Naylor won't arrive on the scene for at least two more years. Myers isn't going anywhere right now.

What prospects can we expect to see called up in the second half?
-- Pete, Scottsdale, Ariz.

It's certainly not 2016, when a handful of trades paved the way for callups throughout the second half of the season, culminating with the debuts of Hunter Renfroe, Manuel Margot and Carlos Asuaje.

This year, it's hard to envision any of the starting pitchers drafted in 2016 (namely Eric Lauer, Joey Lucchesi and Cal Quantrill) being big league ready by September. Without those three, there aren't many big-name debuts on the horizon.

There are scenarios in which Franchy Cordero and Jose Rondon are recalled. But they've already spent time with the big league club. The only major breakthrough I could see happening this year is second baseman Luis Urias, who has raked everywhere he's been. But a callup isn't likely until at least September.

What future, if any, does Travis Jankowski have with the Padres? Is he a fourth outfielder/defensive replacement?
-- Dan G.

First and foremost, Jankowski needs to get healthy. His injury -- a broken bone in his right foot -- isn't ideal for anyone. But it's particularly harmful to Jankowski, whose entire game is based upon his speed and his quick first step.For the purposes of this question, let's assume he were healthy right now. I'd be starting him more than half the time. He's very good against right-handed pitching and he can play all three outfield spots. In the games he doesn't start, his elite range makes him an obvious defensive replacement for Jose Pirela.

If you want to get technical, I guess that makes him a "fourth outfielder," because he's the only guy without a set position. But I'd argue he's worth a little more than that. He's sorely missed right now.

AJ Cassavell covers the Padres for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @ajcassavell.

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