Thursday, March 23, 2023

Padres aggressiveness shines during offseason with complacency from other MLB clubs

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It’s okay, baseball fans, if you’re a little jealous of the Padres right now.

You should probably be jealous. The big club are teeming with talent, both veteran and young, and are set for a race to the next World Series titles. The farming system is filled with players who will contribute to this parent club – either personally or in trades that attract other talented players. And the front office?

This is the most exciting part. During the offseason when most teams are preaching caution and cutting payrolls, the San Diego front office is fully committed to aggressively improving an already exceptional team in pursuit of those World Series titles. For a fan base that has never experienced the joy of this championship, it is almost too good to be true.

And for fans watching their favorite team’s front office people sit and wait for some handy fruit to ripen, it must be a little frustrating.

COMMERCIAL LEVELS: Breaking the deal with Blake Snell

On Sunday night, news broke that the Padres were trading for Blake Snell, the 2018 AL Cy Young winner who helped lead the Rays to the World Series last year, and was the author of the best game of his career in Game 6 when he was eliminated. in the sixth inning after allowing just two hits and zero walks, while striking out nine.

Monday morning, this report broke.

Yeah. Sensational.

It’s not that anyone is surprised to see the Padres making moves this offseason. It’s a booming franchise, with an aggressive decision maker kicking things off. Wrote this in early November, in an article about which teams should be opportunistic this winter:

“And does almost everyone expect GM AJ Preller to be aggressive in the offseason as he looks to improve this enclosure and find other ways to potentially improve the roster?” Absolutely yes.”

And if they succeeded in this Darvish trade, it would be pretty amazing for any offseason, not just some weird delayed offseason like the one we’re going through right now.

Think of a rotation that includes Darvish, Snell, Dinelson Lamet, Chris Paddock, and Zack Davies. It’s pretty amazing, assuming everyone stays healthy.

Darvish finished second in the NL Cy Young 2020 race, averaging 2.01, 2.23 FIP, 11.0 K / 9 and 1.7 BB / 9. Lamet finished fourth: 2.09 ERA, 2 , 48 FIP, 12.1 K / 9, 2.6 BB / 9. Davies posted a 2.73 ERA in his dozen starts last summer, and Paddock has a 3.74 and 9.5 ERA K / 9 in his 38 career starts in the big league.

Oh, and then there’s this:

Kim, who turned 25 in October, just finished a season with 30 home runs, 23 stolen bases, .397 base percentage and .921 OPS. He was a shortstop in Korea, but Fernando Tatis, Jr. locked that up. Manny Machado is on third base, so it looks like Kim will move on to second, with Jake Chenoworth moving to the outfield. It doesn’t lack power, that’s safe to say.

The Padres, you will recall, finished with the third best baseball record of 2020. They beat the Cardinals in the Wild Card series before losing to the Dodgers – eventual World Series champions – in the NLDS. They haven’t had any significant free agent departures (unless you more closely count Trevor Rosenthal, who was with the club for a month last year), and now they’ve added Snell and Kim, while moving closer to Darvish.

Are they as good as the Dodgers? They are closer now than they were last week, we know that for sure.


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