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ESPN names Padres one of the ‘Winners’ of the offseason

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Friars among three teams considered “winners” up to this point in the offseason.

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The Padres have been one of, if not, the most-active club this offseason in an attempt to finally get over the massive hump that is their divisional rival, the Los Angeles Dodgers.

In the past 30 days, the team has acquired a trio of pitchers in Yu Darvish (Cubs), Blake Snell (Rays), and Joe Musgrove (Pirates). Along with those studs, they also acquired former Cubs catcher Victor Caratini, who is also quite promising as a prospect.

ESPN MLB analyst Jesse Rogers, when asked about his “winner” of the 2020-2021 offseason up to this point, pointed straight to San Diego. Here’s what he had to say about the team’s recent moves:

“Starting pitching is still the name of the game. Adding Yu Darvish, Blake Snell and Joe Musgrove sets them up not just for 2021, but for several years beyond. The team will need to jell with some new faces but Jayce Tingler proved he knows what he’s doing in the shortened 2020 season. Don’t overthink it, the Padres have won the winter so far.”

Other teams that were named as winners this offseason were the Mets and the White Sox, both of which were picked by the other contributors to the article in Bradford Doolittle, Alden Gonzalez, and David Schoenfield.

Do we agree with Rogers on this one, or should we clean the fandom out of our eyes and consider one of the other teams named? Let me know your thoughts on the matter below.