The news of Andy Green being fired is spreading very quickly. That said, the team is obviously looking at 2020 with urgency.
Despite stellar rookie seasons by Chris Paddack and Fernando Tatis Jr. (prior to his injury) as well as heavy spending in the offseason, the team is on pace to win less than 75 games once again.
In the first half of the season, things were going pretty well. Unfortunately, the bullpen repeatedly let the team down. Even though they were still in the hunt, no reinforcements came. In fact, most fans were stunned when no moves were made. Stunned or disappointed, who knows. Bottom line is the team was never meant to “contend” this year. Ownership has been saying 2020 since day 1.
Of course, that poses a question. What should the Friars’ number 1 priority be in the offseason? Candidly, there are plenty of holes to fill. The bullpen is suspect, while it feels like they’re 1 front line starter away from being towards the top of the league in pitching. The offense still strikes out a lot. Wil Myers, Eric Hosmer and Hunter Renfroe have combined to strike out over 450 times.
Personally, I think the team needs a 20/20 player that doesn’t strike out. It might mean trading Wil Myers for a bag of sunflower seeds. It could mean moving Renfroe as well. The boom or bust style of baseball is a tough game to play. Combining a high OBP/contact hitter with Tatis and Machado? Money.
Time will tell what Preller and Co. decide to do. Until then, what do you think Padre fans?
What do the Padres need to focus on in the offseason?
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