Just four major league teams are still playing.
For the 20th straight October, the Padres are not one of those final four.
And so the attention has turned to the future, as if the focus hasn’t perpetually been there.
That is the theme of this first offseason mailbag, as if it wasn’t the theme of virtually every mailbag during the regular season.
I know you were being sarcastic, but I’d like to play along anyway.
The Padres could trade all (or most) of their prospects for starting pitchers.
That said, five of the position players the Red Sox started in the ALDS were homegrown.
The topic brings to mind the most important difference between teams like the Red Sox and teams like the Padres: The Red Sox can make more mistakes, because they will likely always have about $100 million more a year leeway.
At least a couple years. He’s the architect of a process that we can’t rightly judge until we see how some of the prospects are going to be — and have a better idea the prescience of the Myers and Hosmer signings.
It seems like 2019 is at least a year too early to invest in a top-of-the-rotation pitcher — if they ever do. Why have seven starting pitchers among the top 100 prospects in all of baseball if you also have to go out and commit $20 million-plus a year to a veteran?
It is unlikely all seven of those pitchers make a major league rotation. So it is virtually impossible all will be top-of-rotation guys. But one or two of them have to be if this thing is going to work out, right?
As for names of a solid middle-of-the-rotation starter, it’s early. Please check back on that. I’d just be throwing out names right now, and I don’t want to do that to you.
Certainly, the Padres marketing and PR departments pay attention to many of the things said about them. All teams do, whether they acknowledge it or not. As for how much it influences them, I believe they process what they see and hear with a grain of salt. Depending on the source, it could be a boulder of salt.
Because the Astros got tired of holding parades in Houston?
Why would San Diego allow a parade for Astros manager A.J. Hinch, who was sneaky enough to have his then-employer pass on George Springer and instead take Cory Spangenberg with the 10th pick, leaving his future employer to take Springer?
There will not be a spree like there was before the 2015 season. But the Padres have said for the past few years that they will spend to bring in veteran players when the time is right.
My understanding is there is not an Eric Hosmer-type signing awaiting us this offseason. But I don’t ever sleep on A.J. Preller.
There could be a trade this year that brings in a veteran third baseman and/or pitcher.
Assuming both are here?
Dang. Dang. It’s a difficult choice.
I will base it on feedback I get mostly from within the organization and go with Franmil.
I think the Padres believe his is the most real and promising bat yet to come up through the organization. The results of the final two months came because he worked so hard and so earnestly to correct and tweak.
That said, I think Hunter Renfroe was the best story of the season — from where he was in spring both mentally and in the organization’s estimation to where he finished. He will feast on many pitchers for many years.
In a lot of other years, we might be talking about both of them being here for a long time. But this is a roster in flux, with many moving parts and a long way to go. If the right deal is out there — one that helps the Padres get pitching, a third baseman and/or prospects — they have an abundance of outfielders.
It is important to keep in mind that this is not like situations in the past where the Padres are looking to unload guys for salary purposes. The right deal means the right deal. They’re not just going to trade one of these guys for a helping of potato salad.
I do think there will be a number of trades — likely one involving a corner outfielder, possibly one involving one of the young starting pitchers and one of the catchers, plus at least one of the relievers.
I think you’re asking what the Padres would seek in return.
They need a third baseman. They would like a middle-of-the-rotation starter.
As of now, Myers is at third base. They’ll look at the trade market (and possibly free agency) for a third baseman.
As of now, I don’t see how Hedges gets fewer than 100 starts behind the plate with Mejia getting the rest and playing elsewhere to get his bat in the lineup. A trade is also possible here.
Yes. He has been referred to by many in the organization as a “winning” player. That means a player they see as possibly being a crucial piece of a winning team.
He gets on base, especially against right-handers, and is exceptional on the bases and in the outfield. That’s a guy who can help a team win by possibly contributing almost every day — at least off the bench and with occasional starts.
The indication is his improvement in 2018, especially against right-handers.
His on-base percentage was up 18 points overall to .302, including a 49-point jump (.244 to .293) against RHP (it was down from .392 to .316 against LHP). He chased fewer pitches (32.7 percent, down from 35.5) and was far better with two strikes (.199 average with 10 homers, up from .137 and four).
I think Triple-A is the starting spot.
The plan, essentially, is to see what he wants to do.
The market — what other teams are offering in terms of money, years and playing time — will go a long way toward determining what the Padres can/will do.
Galvis’ greatest value is in his playing in the field every day. The big question is what price should the Padres pay when they don’t necessarily need that from him long-term?
I believe they are still targeting 2020 to be a competitive/contending team. That is when young players who showed improvement this season will be coming into the prime of their careers and when the even younger players who they are counting on as the real “hot lava” will have some experience.
Competitive doesn’t necessarily mean championship. It can, depending on breaks and which veteran pieces are added and other factors. Anything is possible, but I think there are hints in the trajectories of the recent championship teams, from whom you could draw some building parallels — Royals (2013-15), Cubs (2014-15), Astros (2015-17).
I have to ask, how would any of us know how Green manages a pitching staff? There were so few opportunities for him to show what he would do in situations where he wasn’t saddled with keeping an eye on a rookie’s pitch limits and/or with a lead and/or with a bullpen at full strength.