Padres on the Prowl Towards Relevancy

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With rumors that the San Diego Padres have spoken to many of the remaining top free agents on the open market, it seems that the team is poised to make some serious noise in a very competitive NL West. 

For 50 years, the San Diego Padres have struggled to find any kind of consistency.

Five division titles and two NL Championships in that time is nothing to be excited about. The team has been neglected by virtually every ownership group and has changed baseball philosophies multiple times over the years. In creating a quality meal, you cannot constantly change the ingredients of the dish. Consistency is required, and that has not been the forte of the Friars. The result has been an unsavory meal each and every season for fans to digest.

Heading into the 2019 season, the Padres are coming off four consecutive losing seasons with the present baseball operations group. After the replenishing of the major league roster (Kemp, Kimbrell, Upton, Myers, Shields) prior to the 2015 season, the Padres have focused mostly on young talent at both the international market and the amateur level.

With this commitment to get better, the Padres have created the best farm system in all of baseball. Prospects are essential for a successful team, but they are no guarantee, and there still needs to be a mixture of veterans sprinkled in with the younger players to reach that ultimate goal of a championship.

There is no doubt the Padres have great young players with potential, but the word prospect means nothing in this game. Year after year, prospects fail to live up to the expectations that are put on them and are surpassed by players who play the game with more than just skill — players that are able to stand out at this very competitive level and make a name for themselves. Scouting and evaluating baseball talent is not an exact science.

So here we are at that point, at a crossroads for the San Diego Padres. As rumors of Bryce Harper and Manny Machado heat up, there is the thought process that it is time for the Padres to make a big splash — time for them to commit all their resources and move prospects for relevant major league talent. A.J. Preller and his staff are on the prowl and no team is safe.

The coming weeks could be very exciting as the Padres seem poised to spend some money and make a splash. They already have one of the most talented, highly-regarded prospect groups in all of baseball. If they carefully add payroll in the correct positions, the Padres quest for relevancy could be over. In this 50th year of the franchise, the Padres are very close to turning the corner and becoming San Diego’s team.

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David
David
2 years ago

Do you think the Padres maybe trade Myers to Arizona for Greinke. Trade to bring Devers from Boston which will give you more upside and years than Moustakas.

Tommy T
Tommy T
2 years ago

Here is some more crazy talk: Play the best players!

I know, cray … zeeeee!!!

Hosmer should be given 30 games or so to improve (he should have been working on his swing all off season). If he stays the same then he should sit against all lefties, and Myers (or ?) should take his place. If he still doesn’t improve, then he can become the proverbial backup veteran.

How hard is it to play the best players?

Erlking
Erlking
2 years ago

Arron I agree with you about signing Gio (no more then 2 years though). Having s lefty mentor would make sense, with all our lefties coming up. I’m sorta warming up to the Realmuto trade. However, not if it costs Any of our top 5 pitching prospects. Harper…. Grrr I was totally against this at first, but warming up to it. Especially with his Hi OBP. Padres have a real need for both his OBP and POWER. Would love the idea of Machado, but unless we overextend the money offers out their I don’t see it happening. To appease both… Read more »

Tanned Tom
Tanned Tom
2 years ago

First off I really liked the article, struck the right tone of optimism about the future, yet some skepticism about prospects. Next, every team that succeeds does so through a mixture of home grown talent, trades and free agent signings. So people who say just “trust the process” are dooming the club to continued irrelevance. Over the last 6 years Harper and Machado rank 12th and 15th in WAR, and several of the guys ahead of them are in decline or retired (Donaldson, McCutcheon, Votto, Cano, Posey, Cabrera, Beltre). These are elite players. And they are just hanging out there,… Read more »

bill
bill
2 years ago

DO NOT sign Machado aka “johnny Hustle”. His words not mine. He would be a horrible mentor. Not to mention the type of guy that would loaf(and cleat) his way through season after season as soon as he gets his money. Harper should be the top choice. Most of you should stop your whining about the past and move on or move to Philly where you would fit right in. That’s on previous GMs and owners. What… we should get a new GM and start over AGAIN! No thanks. The acquisition of Kemp et all was a move by new… Read more »

SDDon
SDDon
2 years ago
Reply to  bill

Give me a BREAK, AJ traded Turner for Myers then resigned him. He gave a $144 Mill contract to a guy who posted a -0.1 WAR in 2018. Half of our Prospect arms have had health issues, most of the position players have struggled once they got to SD. Now he wants to sign high price stars to replace them JUST TO MAKE A SPLASH. He picked up Headley and his $13 Mill contract to get Mitchell who will be DFA’d by June. Explain those blunders? Then take a look at what he could of had. Sign Cain for $80… Read more »

TG19
TG19
2 years ago
Reply to  SDDon

Not true…He couldn’t have signed Vlad Jr. as he wanted to go play where his dad played….was never going to happen in SD…

TG19
TG19
2 years ago
Reply to  TG19

*Meaning Playing for a Team in Canada….

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