“Padres Blue Print-Remind Me Again”
So here we are in spring training, and so are the all the rumors that GM-AJ Preller is still trying to make trades, anytime, anyplace for anyone.
The guy who signed Eric Hosmer one day before spring training two years ago.
The guy who signed Manny Machado just after spring training started.
The guy who trade for reliever Craig Kimbrel just before opening day.
And now, after all this wheeling and dealing, he is trying to move another name player, the streaky Will Myers.
Preller has spent all winter trying to find a buyer for the 60M-mistake he made, the contract extension given to Myers right after his All Star season, the one where he did so well the first half of that year, and faltered after that, and hasn’t done much since.
The guy who hasn’t really been a star since, but rather a shining Comet for a short period of time, who always falls to earth and flames out.
Now the reports that the Padres-Red Sox-Reds have reopened trade talks about a Myers deal to Boston. But Preller would have to pay 30M of the remaining 60M to get the Red Sox to do the deal.
Myers might become a terror at Fenway Park, rather than a failure at Petco Park. This deep into his career, you would have hoped for more from him.
But for the Padres, it begs the real question, aside from getting rid of the contract, this team dealing for another centerfielder?
The rumor that Cincinnati is the third part of this trade, means the Padres want to move on young outfielder Nick Senzel, coming off injuries with the Reds.
Lots of upside they say, but how many centerfielders, unproven as they are, are you going to drag in here.
The Padres dealt away Franmil Reyes, Hunter Renfroe, Manny Margot, and now they want to exit Myers.
If they get Senzel from Cincy, you add him to the list of of flychasers San Diego have brought in.
Oft-injured Juan Lagares from the Mets. Young flychaser Taylor Trammel from Cincinnati at the deadline last July. Trent Grisham, who came from Milwaukee in the Luis Urias trade. Journeyman outfielder Abraham Almonte. How many do you need.
Last I checked, Trammell hit (.223) in Double A over a whole season. Grisham hit (.224) with Milwaukee late in the season. Lagares was let go by the last place Mets. Almonte has been on and off how many rosters recently?
And you still have Josh Naylor a defensive liability, and the prospect-suspect Franchy Cordero, who hasn’t shown much when he’s been healthy, and he’s been hurt alot.
That’s an awful lot of ‘ifs’ for a team that thinks it might be. a wildcard playoff team.
Also alarming is the fact the team might have to include Cal Quantrill in the next deal, just like they had to include Eric Lauer in a winter deal along with Urias. So how many young arms are you giving up, and for what, question marks?
Don’t know about all this. I might like Tommy Pham in my outfield, but he can’t play all 3-positions can he? Maybe Renfroe-Margot-Myers-Reyes in a batting order with Hosmer-Machado-Tatis-Mejia might have been pretty good, coupled with all the additional pitching they have stockpiled.
Seems to me Preller is having to make more deals to make up for some of the bad deals of the past.
Remind me again….’What’s the Blue Print?’.