Late last season and well into the offseason, both the Padres and Adam Rosales expressed a mutual interest in a return for 2017. Rosales’ versatility, his leadership, and his surprisingly powerful performance made him a logical choice to fill the backup shortstop role moving forward, given the relative lack of experience in current roster mates Luis Sardiñas, Allen Cordoba, and Javier Guerra. Alas, the reunion was not meant to be, as Rosales has agreed to a one-year offer from his former team, the Oakland A’s.
Moving forward for the Padres, there is a perceived need at the position depending on your opinion of Luis Sardiñas’ present and future ability. The .287/.353/.417 line he posted in 34 games with the Padres is promising, and he flashed some nice leather and a strong arm in the field. However, the defensive metrics don’t stand out and his prior career offensive numbers aren’t promising. With two very inexperienced players behind him on the depth chart, the team is still considering outside options.
In other news, the #Blashwagon is back on track! Jabari Blash cleared waivers and has accepted assignment to El Paso. Expect to see the powerful outfielder and his jaw-dropping power this spring, as he goes back to work to close some holes in his swing and refine his defense in hopes of someday making it back to Petco Park.