Former USD baseball star Kris Bryant recently became linked to the San Diego Padres once again.
The San Diego Padres’ young general manager is on the prowl.
A.J. Preller is active and in search of a hitter to add to his lineup. The team seemingly just missed out on acquiring Mookie Betts before he was ultimately dealt to the Los Angeles Dodgers. Recent rumors indicate the Padres and the Chicago Cubs are discussing a trade of Kris Bryant. The Padres are looking to make a splash, and it seems more than likely that a significant deal will happen eventually for San Diego.
The Padres have a young major league team and a farm system full of talent. The team has plenty of depth in multiple areas. The 40-man roster is jam-packed, and there is an ever-growing thought that the Padres will package groups of players to fill certain voids they have on the major league roster.
For the Chicago Cubs, the team is in a rebuilding phase. The franchise would never admit it, but they are regrouping.
The Padres can easily pay the price tag the Cubbies have placed on their perennial All-Star talent. But should Preller and the Padres go down this road?
Kris Bryant is not an excellent fit for the Padres. The team has a third baseman entrenched at the position already in Manny Machado. Bryant is capable of playing in the corner outfield, but Tommy Pham and Wil Myers look to have those positions on lockdown. Myers could be moved to make room, but that is easier said than done due to the amount of money he will receive over the next three seasons.
Bryant would be a great addition to the lineup, but where would he play on defense? Constructing a team where players are playing out of position is not the best formula for success. Myers is capable of playing center field, but seeing him out there daily is not something that fans want to see.
The most important thing to gather from these latest rumors is that San Diego is not content.
A.J. Preller stated multiple times this winter that the team would like to add another bat to the lineup. Since then, the team has added Brian Dozier to the mix. The veteran second baseman is capable of being an offensive threat, but there is a sense that Preller is after a more significant name. Whether it be Kris Bryant, Francisco Lindor, or Nick Senzel, the Padres are undoubtedly capable of paying the asking price.
At some point, the Padres will need to make some moves. Rumors of Kris Bryant to San Diego seem strange, but Preller and his staff are exploring all scenarios when attempting to revamp the roster. Stay tuned. Things could get very interesting in the coming weeks as the Padres begin to feel the pressure of the roster crunch. Having too many quality players is a great problem to have, and the Padres are about to face that issue firsthand. What they will do is anybody’s guess.