The San Diego Padres asked the Arizona Diamondbacks for Paul Goldschmidt in a possible trade for Craig Kimbrel.
On the radio, he said the Diamondbacks "did not get a very positive response" from the Padres in their attempts to acquire Kimbrel, an All-Star closer. He was then asked if the Padres were reluctant to make a deal within the division.
"I don't know if it was not wanting to trade in the division," Stewart said, "but I can tell you the quality of players that they asked for, including our first baseman, Goldschmidt."
When speaking with reporters at Minute Maid Park, Stewart was somewhat less definitive as to just how serious the Padres were being in their request.
"I don't know if it was realistic or if it was play," Stewart said, "but we don't talk about Goldy in any deals and no team has approached me in the almost year that I've been here about Goldy, so I was kind of shocked to hear that.
"Like I said, I don't know if there was sincerity in it, but, yeah, the name did come up."
A Padres source was adamant that the mention of Goldschmidt was not serious.