“The Padres have a deep and well-versed lineup. Their starting rotation, which has been a liability in years past, is turning the corner, and they have reliable backend relievers. In today’s MLB, having the latter is imperative. Times are changing for the California baseball team that has been swept under the carpet this decade.”
“General manager A.J. Preller has shown a willingness to spend big in free agency and take chances. In all likelihood, that’s only going to continue, and one could argue the time is now for the Padres to pursue a midseason trade for a disgruntled starting pitcher, or one on the trade block. Plus, imagine if they sign a high-profile starting pitcher this offseason such as Madison Bumgarner, Gerrit Cole, or Cole Hamels: They’d be a legitimate playoff threat.”
Very interesting article that outlines the positive aspects of the current situation. If the team remains aggressive in their pursuit of greatness, they could legitimately contend this year. In reality, 2020 is a more likely time frame. Regardless, it’s nice to see the boys getting national recognition so often. Now it’s time to start winning ballgames!