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The San Diego Padres have great hitters. Fernando Tatis, Jake Cronenworth, Manny Machado, Wil Myers, and Trent Grisham all had 100+ hits for the year. Tatis hit 42 home runs and batted in 97. Machado had 106 RBIs for the season. The team came out strong, and coming into June they were looking at an overall record of 34-20. The team would hit the skids in the first twelve days of June, winning just three. San Diego did rally, winning twelve of the next thirteen games, and hoping to be on top at mid season. Where the Padres really stuggled was late in the second half of the season. In September, the Padres won just five of their final 24 games, assuring that they would end the year with a losing record. They were in the Wild Card hunt as of September 9th, but finished with a losing record for the tenth time in eleven seasons. What will the team do in 2022 so that doesn't happen again?
Bob Melvin was hired as the Padres new manager. With 18 seasons of MLB management experience under his belt, this move is huge. He parted ways with the Athletics, and he'll manage a team that has five All Star caliber players. He has a fan base that is very strong. It's got a playoff feel, even on a weeknight in the middle of the season. This should give hope to the Padres fans that saw the team make the playoffs in 2020.
The San Diego Padres entered 2015 with high hopes after a bevy of moves in the offseason were made by general manager A.J. Preller to push the Padres “all in”. The result was an epic failure for the Padres. San Diego finished the season 74-88, and found themselves right back at square one of a rebuild following a failed attempt to push their way out. During the offseason, the Padres made some low-risk high upside signings- Carlos Villanueva, Fernando Rodney, and Alexi Ramirez. They were able to flip Rodney to the Marlins for a decent pitching prospect before the trade deadline.The Padres also were able to move the likes of Craig Kimbrel, Joaquin Benoit, Yonder Alonzo, and Jedd Gyorko which brought back a large amount of prospects to replenish their farm system.
The Padres started 2016 with low expectations as they continue to attempt to restart their rebuild program, and so far, they have met those expectations. The Padres currently sit at 57-80, good for last place in the National League West, and tied for the second worst record overall in the National League.
2016 was just another year, in a line with many fourth and fifth place finishes for the San Diego Padres. They finished the season with a record of 68-94, last place in the National League West, and tied for the worst record overall in the National League. 2016 also saw the suspension of general manager A.J. Preller for failure to disclose medical records for certain players. This off-season, after Preller returned from his suspension late in September, he made a flurry of smaller moves. The most notable was trading catcher Derek Norris to the Washington Nationals for right-handed pitcher Pedro Avila. After settling arbitration with numerous players such as right-handed pitcher Carter Capps, he took a couple of fliers on two veterans, starting pitcher Jered Weaver, and shortstop Erick Aybar. We will see if the Padres finally get out of the cellar in 2017.
If there is one phrase that could be used to describe the San Diego Padres of recent years it is “Fourth Place.” That seems to be where the Padres finish every single season. Every year since 2011, the Padres have finished between third and fifth place in the National League West, which averages out to fourth on a yearly basis. For some, this can be blamed on management for the most part. Throughout the early part of the decade, the team was slowly getting better. Then they hired A.J. Preller as their general manager in August of 2014. Preller immediately came in, and in his first offseason, made all of those now well known transactions, acquiring the likes of Justin Upton and Matt Kemp. The moves didn’t work, and the Padres began rebuilding again.
During this most recent rebuild, the Padres had assembled one of the best groups of young talent in baseball, seven of the top 100 prospects overall a year ago to be exact. This group is led by teenage phenom left-handed pitcher MacKenzie Gore, maybe the best left-handed pitching prospect in baseball. Gore’s fastball reached 94 last year and could go about 95-96 this year. Gore features a hard slider, but his big pitch is that Clayton Kershaw-style curveball, which will be his out pitch during his career. His partner in crime on the mound, right-hander Cal Quantrill, has everything you could possibly want in a workhorse top of the rotation starter. Quantrill possesses a fastball that can go as high as 97 and a changeup that is the best in the minor leagues at the moment. These two should eventually climb to the top of the Padres rotation. This offseason, the Padres added veteran first basemen Eric Hosmer to the club just a day or two ago. Hosmer brings big game experience, having led the Royals to two World Series appearances, having won in 2015. The Padres should begin their climb out of perennial fourth place spot soon.
The San Diego Padres Are coming off a 66-96 season, good for last place in the National League West. However, the wins and losses do not tell the entire story. This is a talented young team with players such as Luis Urias, Manuel Margot, Franchy Cordero, Cal Quantrill, Eric Lauer, and Joey Lucchesi who all are showing signs of a big 2019. So what did they do this offseason to keep the ball moving forward?
After a very quiet November, on the last day of the month the Padres added right-handed pitcher Bryan Mitchell and infielder Greg Garcia on one-year contracts. December is where the front office started to get busy. They added right-handed pitcher Garrett Richards on a two-year contract, plus outfielder Alex Dickerson and utility player Allen Craig to a minor league contracts with a chance to make the opening day roster. They added infielder Ian Kinsler for two years which is a smart move. Kinsler has played in a lot of big games, which bodes well for leadership in a locker room full of young talent. As the calendar turned to 2019 the team added outfielder Travis Jankowski for one season, left-handed pitcher Aaron Loup to a one-year contract. Then came the big one.
The two biggest free agents of the offseason, shortstop/third basemen Manny Machado and right fielder Bryce Harper, both remained unsigned as we got late into February. Some blamed teams for being too frugal, others praised them for finally putting their foot down, and not giving into outrageous demands from players. Regardless, the Padres originally showed interest in Harper, but that was a move to get Manny Machado to the table to talk. The tactic worked, and Machado signed a 10-year contract with the Padres on February 20. With Machado, Kinsler, and a young talented roster, the Padres are all set to make some serious noise in 2019.