Major League Off Season Report Card (Padres)

Moves so far

Josh Johnson

  • Signed SP Josh Johnson a one-year, $8 million deal
  • Acquired OF Seth Smith from the Oakland Athletics in exchange for RP Luke Gregerson
  • Signed Closer Joaquin Benoit to a two-year, $15.5 million deal
  • Traded SP Anthony Bass and cash to the Houston Astros in exchange for Pitching prospect Patrick Schuster
  • Acquired 1B/OF Alex Dickerson from the Pittsburgh Pirates in exchange for RP Miles Mikolas and OF Jaff Decker
  • Acquired SP Devin Jones from Baltimore Orioles in exchange for RP Brad Brach

Rumor Mill

  • Padres seem intent on keeping 3B Chase Headley, and are working on an extension
  • Looking for a left handed hitter
  • Possible interest in trading for mariners 2B Dustin Ackley

The Padres are in desperate need of a star player, they have been for years. They have an entire roster full of set pieces, but no one on the team could be considered a star. They lack a hitter who can drive runs in. Without any reliable hitters on their team, they have struggled to put runs up on the board.

This wouldn’t be as much of a problem if their rotation was any good, but just like with their lineup, they lack an ace to rely on start to start. Their rotation is by no means bad, it’s at worst mediocre, but it isn’t very good either. Many of their starters struggle outside of PetCo Park. They have also struggled with injuries in the rotation, and the pitching rotation has more or less been a revolving door.

To fix the rotation issues, the signed Josh Johnson. That’s right, to make up for how inconsistent and injury prone their rotation is, they signed the most injury prone and inconsistent starter in the league over the past few years. I guess the padres are using the old fight fire with fire technique, or maybe they like the inconsistency and want Johnson to teach his new teammates how to be as inconsistent as he is.

Other than that, they added OF Seth Smith to their collection of 4th outfielders. Apparently, 4th outfielders are the new Pokémon, you have to collect them all.

The only remarkable move they made this off season was bringing in Closer Joaquin Benoit. Benoit is as consistent as they come, and will sure up the back of the bullpen. One thing you have to give the Padre’s credit for is they always seem to have a nice assortment of relief pitchers coming through, even if they don’t stick around long. They also added a handful of relievers in different trades, so it should continue to be a strength for them.

Padres get a C-, they are still a mediocre team, with a mediocre lineup. Until they can find a way to bring in a couple big bats into their lineup, they will continue to be bottom dwellers in the NL West.

If Padres make any moves, an update will be posted.

Next team up is the Rockies.


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