The Padres should make a move for Brooks Conrad

ATLANTA, GA - MAY 01: Brooks Conrad #7 of the Atlanta Braves and Yadier Molina #4 of the St. Louis Cardinals watch as Conrad hits a walk-off single in the bottom of the ninth inning at Turner Field on May 1, 2011 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)

In a rebuilding season, the Padres need middle-infield help, on the cheap. They need somebody who can start and be productive, but who will also be the consummate teammate and help bring up younger prospects as they become available. When those young guys make appearances, we need a strong bench player with a proven record as a pinch hitter. We need fan-favorites who know to stay off of Twitter and instead quietly make a name for themselves by playing the game the right way. Padres fans love a hard working underdog (see Eric Owens). We need a true positive in the clubhouse. Somebody that shows up early, stays till the end and doesn't try to distract.

The Padres need Brooks Conrad!

Full disclosure, Brooks is my brother-in-law. If you've kept up with the blog over the last several years, you already knew that. If not, there it is.

I'm reading over on Talking Chop that Brooks is not in Atlanta's 2012 plans. That's fine. That team is probably a little overloaded with quality depth players and they're constantly geared towards playoffs.

The Padres on the other hand are obviously... obviously... gearing up for 2013 (or 2014 as it were). In that time, we need scrappy.

If the Padres move Orlando Hudson and potentially Chase Headley or Jason Bartlett, not to mention the semi-strong possibility of moving all three guys, we are left with Logan Forsythe and Andy Parrino on the depth chart gamely fielding three positions between the two of them. There don't look to be a lot of free agents that the Padres are willing to spend money on in the interim, but Brooks could fill at least two, if not potentially all three of those infield spots, while also offering a professional pinch-hitter a la Mark Sweeney or John Vander Wal. A switch-hitter to boot.

So, Josh Byrnes... If you are reading... Take a look at Brooks Conrad and what he brings to the table. WE NEED THIS GUY.

Go Padres.

X
Log In Sign Up

forgot?
Log In Sign Up

Please choose a new SB Nation username and password

As part of the new SB Nation launch, prior users will need to choose a permanent username, along with a new password.

Your username will be used to login to SB Nation going forward.

I already have a Vox Media account!

Verify Vox Media account

Please login to your Vox Media account. This account will be linked to your previously existing Eater account.

Please choose a new SB Nation username and password

As part of the new SB Nation launch, prior MT authors will need to choose a new username and password.

Your username will be used to login to SB Nation going forward.

Forgot password?

We'll email you a reset link.

If you signed up using a 3rd party account like Facebook or Twitter, please login with it instead.

Forgot password?

Try another email?

Almost done,

By becoming a registered user, you are also agreeing to our Terms and confirming that you have read our Privacy Policy.

Join Gaslamp Ball

You must be a member of Gaslamp Ball to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at Gaslamp Ball. You should read them.

Join Gaslamp Ball

You must be a member of Gaslamp Ball to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at Gaslamp Ball. You should read them.

Spinner.vc97ec6e

Authenticating

Great!

Choose an available username to complete sign up.

In order to provide our users with a better overall experience, we ask for more information from Facebook when using it to login so that we can learn more about our audience and provide you with the best possible experience. We do not store specific user data and the sharing of it is not required to login with Facebook.

tracking_pixel_9351_tracker