Trading Craig Kimbrel and Joaquin Benoit was a very aggressive move to say the least. Some fans are really up in arms wondering what the future of this franchise is. The word rebuilding has even been used to describe this current process.
That particular word has not been used by anyone connected to the team and they still consider the team in a re-tooling effort. Clearly the recipe for a winning formula was off from last year. The chemistry just wasn’t there and frankly the team was put together wrong.
Defense and balance seem to be the theme this off-season. The San Diego Padres are attempting to bring more left-handed batters into the lineup. They are also looking for left-handed pitchers both in the bullpen and in the starting rotation. Rich Hill was a very solid option, but he signed with the Oakland Athletics a couple of days ago. There are still many option on the free agent market.
The team is also addressing its need on the field. You will not see Wil Myers in center field or Jedd Gyorko and Will Middlebrooks at shortstop. The management clearly undervalued defense last season and the Padres pitchers were directly affected. This off-season the team has voiced a need to be more consistent with the glove.
There are many unanswered questions regarding what the management is doing with the team. A lot of people are already passing judgement saying this season will be a lost season. Calm down people, you are making judgements about a team that hasn’t even been fully constructed. Wait until spring training before crying foul. The 2016 season is the San Diego Padres season to host the Major League Baseball All-Star Game. The team will not put a bogus product out on the field.
It is obvious the team will undergo a face-lift of some kind. If that means dealing James Shields, Derek Norris, Tyson Ross or Matt Kemp, then hopefully the team will get a return of players that can make the difference on game day. The Winter Meetings start the first week of December and the Padres will likely be very active. We will see what direction the team goes.
A.J. Preller is capable of anything and the Padres have some financial flexibility. They could go in many different ways so passing judegement on the look of the team now is foolish. Something needed to be done. The farm system has been repaired in some sense with the Kimbrel trade, now it is time to fill in the holes on the Major League roster. Sit back and enjoy, this could get really fascinating.