Padres Need to Make Plans at Shortstop Beyond 2018

Javier Guerra Photo Credit: (Bill Mitchell)

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With Freddy Galvis headed for free agency at the end of the year, the San Diego Padres need to make plans for the shortstop position beyond the 2018 season.

The shortstop position has been a dead-end for the San Diego Padres for a long time.

The arrival of Freddy Galvis seemed to stabilize the position early in the 2018 season, but his numbers have fallen back to earth. The backlash from the trade of prized prospect Enyel De Los Santos for Galvis is getting louder and it remains to be seen if that deal will go down as one of “Preller’s Follies”.

Galvis is a free agent at the end of the year and that is why some have been and presently are, up in arms over the trade. Yes, Galvis was a vast improvement over what we have witnessed here in San Diego for almost a decade. However, this Padres’ team was not going to win, so sending away prospects for one-year rentals seems foolish.

The veteran shortstop could fetch the Padres something towards the July or August trade deadlines, but the return will only be a fraction of the value they had in De Los Santos. That is just how it goes sometimes. You make a trade and there is risk. For every bad trade the Padres have made, they have made one good one.

Might I remind you that the team wrestled away Esteury Ruiz and Matt Strahm from the Royals last year for three pitchers who aren’t even on the Kansas City Royals’ 25-man roster.

When the winter comes and the team is in search of a captain in the infield, who or what are their options? You have to think that at one point the team will want stability at a position that has been horrendously inconsistent for them for literally decades. At one point this team will be ready to compete and a solid shortstop will be necessary. The youth in the system will deliver a shortstop eventually, but how long will it take?

Here are the Padres current options for the 2019 season at the shortstop position.

Javy Guerra

This seems like a possible solution as Guerra will be, at the very least, a plus defender at the position once he arrives. He has a very nice left-handed power bat, but will always struggle to make consistent contact. I talked to Andy Green this spring and he was very impressed with this young man. Guerra could earn some real playing time with a solid 2018 season in the PCL. The 22-year-old is currently batting .177 with 57 strikeouts in 141 at bats, so he obviously has a long ways to go.

Fernando Tatis

There is no need to rush this young man but in talking to him, you become aware that he is the one who is impatient to get to the majors. I really think the best you will see from Tatis is when he finally arrives at Petco. At this point, he is just trying to justify his high prospect ranking and pressing far too much in the box. He is a smart hitter with plus tools and should have no problem reaching the majors at some point in the 2019 season or sooner. Is he the answer to start the 2019 season as the shortstop? Only time will tell. The position will be his at some point in the near future.

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Luis Urias

He has played some shortstop, but is probably viewed as a second baseman longterm for the team. Urias has played all over the infield and could get a look at short as he is presently very close to major league service time. Urias should be up relatively soon and he probably will get plenty of time at the position towards the end of the current year. It will be time to evaluate his defensive ability at the position to determine if the team will have to look elsewhere for help at the position in 2019.

Free Agent

Jose Iglesias, Asdrubal Cabrera and Jordy Mercer are the best options behind Manny Machado at the position in the free agent class of 2018-19. DO NOT expect the Padres to be entertaining Machado and his $300 plus million-dollar demands. The trio of Cabrera, Iglesias and Mercer are nothing but fillers. Cabrera has had a nice offensive output the last few years in New York, but probably shouldn’t be used everyday at the position. Iglesias is a decent glove with potential and Mercer has ability too, but none of these guys are anything to get too excited about. The team might still bring in a veteran like this or explore bringing back Galvis. The door will remain wide open well into the winter as the free agent class has been slow the last few seasons.

A Trade

Making another small trade for a shortstop and giving up prospects could, once again, be risky for this team. There are players you could try to trade for like Addison Russell or Marcus Semien, but is their price tag really worth it? In the end, the other previous options are probably better for a team rebuilding and getting closer to contention.

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9 thoughts on “Padres Need to Make Plans at Shortstop Beyond 2018

  1. Trade Galvis or keep him. Does it matter if AJ Preller continues to be the GM? Who really believes in the man and his abilities? Should he be trusted with the keys to the franchise much longer? NO! I don’t care that he succeeded with Brad Hand and that Eric Hosmer is now a Padre. His ill fated trade of Trea Turner for Wil Myers and the boondoggle transaction that brought Headley and Mitchell to SD and cost the Pads $13,000,000 are visible proof to me that we have a very bad/incompetent GM. Other teams and their GM’s are laughing at Preller and the Padres. I sincerely hope Fowler and Seidler are paying attention.

  2. Does anyone know the status of LE SS Chris Baker?I know he been hurt all season is he supposed to be back soon?

  3. I guess I’m in the other camp here. Once you commit to Hosmer and Hand; you aren’t tanking and need to address the weakness of SS for this season. With no internal options ready, Galvis makes sense. More sense if they plan to resign him and not rush Tatis. Fowler, Green and Preller have all dropped that idea already.

    While EDLS is doing well now, let’s not book Cooperstown yet until he does the same at the ML level. Another ex Padre didn’t well in AAA and AFL but has yet to prove himself in the ML Remember Max Fried? Prized prospect is a reach, he was in the middle of the pack of their top 30. They wouldn’t even have him if it wasn’t for AJ anyway so let settle down with the AJ follies score card. I’m pretty sure if they knew Lamet, Perdomo, Mitchell, Strahm, Rea, Renfroe, Myers, and Hedges weren’t going to contribute; not sure they make that deal.

    Regardless, with all that said and as poor as the season has gone so far, they are 6.5 games out just past the quarter pole and who knows. I still feel record isn’t important this year and the focus is to try and find who is in the long term plans.

    1. Sorry, it is not our fault that Preller has so many “follies.” Perhaps a scorecard is precisely what is needed due to the ongoing horrible moves he makes. It’s hard to keep track of all of them. (Yes, he has made a few good moves as well, like Hamd)

  4. Perhaps Preller could trade Myers for Trea Turner! BUT … the Nats would have to include Joe Ross … and somehow get Jake Bauers, only then should the Padres relinquish Myers.

  5. Another awesome trade by our rock star GM……

    I really like Galvis, but Preller gave up too good a prospect to get him on just a one year deal. The Padres could use Galvis beyond this year so maybe he will resign here.

    1. Not going to happen, the Twins want him as their 2B of the future. If Dozier resigns MAYBE we could get him for Hand in part. My guess is it all depends on the development of Tatis. The Padres might go with Allen Cordoba and Javy Guerra in a tandem short term or they might try to extend Galvis for a few years with the expectation that he’s going to eventually be a utility player.

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