The San Diego Padres may have had an opportunity to acquire Mookie Betts, but did the club fail in not obtaining the former AL MVP?
Mookie Betts could have been a member of the San Diego Padres.
Going down to the wire for the services of the outfielder, San Diego lost to their rival and the dominant team in the division, the Los Angeles Dodgers.
As painful as it is to lose the potential of Betts to the Dodgers, the Padres may have saved themselves in the long run.
Trading for Betts was not going to be simple. San Diego was going to need to pay, and the price tag was undoubtedly steep. The Padres have a profound farm system and are armed with several young players at the major league level. The Red Sox salivated at the idea of acquiring multiple players from Preller and the Padres as their farm system is presently hurting. They desired the Padres’ prospects so much that the Bean Towners even discussed taking on Wil Myers‘ contract.
For San Diego, the idea of this was very tempting. But not enough to make a deal.
In the end, A.J. Preller and his staff decided to keep their young players. Mortgaging the future for a rental would be a tough pill to swallow. The fans may have been enthralled with the acquisition, but Preller is vying for his job. There must not be mistakes in constructing a winning team.
I am well aware that the Padres’ playoff drought is over ten years long. There is no doubt that the fan base and the ownership group are itching to get this franchise into baseball relevancy. Wisely taking their time to build the farm system, the Padres are poised to become a competitive team. If all breaks correctly, the team could be in the thick of it for years to come. Patience is the key here, and that is not the strong suit for a fan base starved for playoff baseball.
Mookie Betts is easily a top 10 talent in the game. The outfielder does everything well and is in the prime of his career at the age of 27. Adding him to the Padres’ roster would have given the team an additional 5-10 wins in the coming season. Would those extra wins guaranteed a playoff showing for the Padres? More importantly – would the extra wins and the presence of Betts provided a chance for the Padres to win it all? We will never know the answer to that question.
In the end, the Padres chose to continue to hoard their young talent. There are more fish in the sea as the Padres search for a player or players to make a splash this coming season. Time may be running out to improve the roster before the spring, but the Padres still have plenty of leverage to deal when the time is right for them. San Diego may have failed in landing a perennial All-Star in Mookie Betts, but they hardly lost traction in their quest to improve the franchise.