Baseball is back and the Padres have loads of work to do

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Mar 21, 2021; Peoria, Arizona, USA; San Diego Padres shortstop Fernando Tatis Jr. (23) throws a ball to fans in the stands during the fifth inning of a spring training game against the Los Angeles Angels at Peoria Sports Complex. Mandatory Credit: Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports

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Major League Baseball announced on Thursday that the league and the player’s union had agreed on a new CBA. 

According to multiple sources, Major League Baseball is returning at long last. After the lockout that Rob Manfred instituted almost 100 days ago, the league will unfreeze and pandemonium is set to unleash in regards to free agency and possible trades.

The buffoonery has finally reached an end. New manager Bob Melvin will manage the Padres in 2022 and make another push for the playoffs.

According to reports, this Sunday, March 13, is the first mandatory day of Spring Training.

 

 

MLB is set to look much different when play begins, with the designated hitter coming to the National League and an expanded playoff bracket from 10 to 12 teams. There was much haggling and hand-wringing regarding the luxury tax threshold and money pool for arbitration. It appears the two sides made concessions and got a little bit of what they wanted. After days and days of agonizing back-and-forth shots across the bow on social media from each side, including an exhausting amount of fan manipulation online, they have found a ground common enough to make a deal and end the lockout.

The Padres, as they were going into 2021, are expected to be competing for a National League West title or, at worst, a Wild Card spot. Pundits have discussed the needs for the Padres ad nauseum.

First off, they need to address the corner outfield spots and add some pop in the middle of the lineup around Fernando Tatis Jr., Manny Machado and Jake Cronenworth. Free agency will be a whirlwind. Players like Eddie Rosario, Nick Castellanos, Kyle Schwarber and Nelson Cruz would add instant power to the lineup. The universal DH adds a whole new wrinkle to A.J. Preller’s approach.


The other elephant in the room is what to do with the burdensome contracts of Eric Hosmer and Wil Myers.

We all know Preller loves swinging deals. It’s not hard to imagine San Diego’s free-swinging general manager making multiple deals over the next few days.

Opening Day is set for April 7, just a week after the original date. Spring Training games are set to begin next weekend.

Reactions from those with the Padres organization came pouring in as everyone is overjoyed to see the return of baseball.

Baseball is back.

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Nick Lee
Native of Escondido, CA. Lived in San Diego area for 20 years. Padres fan since childhood (mid-90s). I have been writing since 2014. I currently live near Seattle, WA and am married to a Seattle sports girl. I wore #19 on my high school baseball team for Tony Gwynn. I am a stats and sports history nerd. I attended BYU on the Idaho campus. I also love Star Wars.
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