The team that had one of the best stretches in the 2020 postseason was seemingly quiet when it came to adding more firepower at the trade deadline. Maybe this came as a surprise to some but San Diego’s fanbase can’t help but think that General Manager A.J. Preller could have done more to enhance his squad.
Friar Faithful: San Diego Remains Pat
I know what you’re probably thinking: why did Preller make three moves then call it quits? Well…because it seems he has his sights set on the future of the organization rather than on the present. Since December 2019, 11 trades were made, resulting in the acquisition of 14 players out of the 26 kept on the active roster.
Of these trades, Joe Musgrove, Yu Darvish, and Blake Snell were their most popular additions, and with good reason. So far, Musgrove has proven to be the standout star from the trio given he tossed the Padres’ first no-hitter in team history back in April. Darvish and Snell have encountered their fair share of struggles this season which doesn’t bod well for San Diego come playoff time.
Coming up on the deadline, the Padres’ front office tried making moves towards Joey Gallo and/or Max Scherzer but unfortunately, neither target was landed. Scherzer was dealt to a division rival, the LA Dodgers, along with shortstop Trea Turner and the Yankees added some much-needed outfield help with the addition of Gallo. With big names like Scherzer and Gallo gone, the Friars were left with no more moves to make which disappointed their ever-growing fanbase.
This was odd to witness because right before San Diego went after them, they were able to obtain All-Star second baseman, Adam Frazier, from Pittsburgh in exchange for IF Tucupita Marcano, OF Jack Suwinski, and RHP Michell Miliano. The news of this trade shocked the professional baseball world and essentially catapulted other teams into making big moves for their ball club as well. Fortunately, the front office was able to acquire reliever Daniel Hudson from the Nationals and veteran outfielder Jake Marisnick from the Cubs to close out the deadline.
Once those trades were finalized, Preller thought it would be best to focus on the prospects in their minor league system and go from there. I understand the move here but at the same time, the Padres have remained in third place for the past two months and are in desperate need of more help in their rotation. Chris Paddack, a once-promising prospect, has clearly shown that he’s the odd man out here and should be replaced with someone better.
The Dogs Days Of August
With Preller’s inability to land the pieces necessary to allow San Diego to advance in the division standings, it’s time to focus on the final summer month of baseball. Currently, the Padres remain third overall in their division and may not be able to move up anytime soon if they don’t improve their win/loss record this month. Kris Bryant on the Giants and the Scherzer/Turner combo taking over LA means that making a b-line for first place just go that much harder to achieve.
Luckily, they will be facing the Diamondbacks eight times this month with another easy series against Miami which could be their ticket to advancing. Their biggest roadblock comes on August 24th when they start a three-game set against the division rival and former World Series Champions, the LA Dodgers. This month, winning has no longer become an option but the only thing they need to be working towards.
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