No major league team has done more to improve recently than the San Diego Padres, who aren’t content to rest on their laurels after winning their first place in the Playoffs since 2006. Going back to Sunday, the Padres acquired the winner of the 2018 American League Cy Young, Blake Snell, of the Tampa Bay Rays, reached an agreement with the Korean infielder Ha-Seong Kim and agreed to hire the right Yu Darvish and catcher Victor Caratini of the Cubs.
In an extensive breakdown of the Padres’ sudden series of moves, renowned journalist Kiley McDaniel of ESPN declares that they are one of the two best teams in baseball, joining the champion Los Angeles Dodgers, rivals of the LA’s West Division. National League.
Even after the Snell and Darvish trades, the Padres still have a far above-average farming system. In McDaniel’s estimate, San Diego could be a serious competitor “with no real sign of a terrible contract” for at least the next three years.
MLB’s offseason has historically been slow, primarily due to the coronavirus pandemic (and associated income issues), but having a new collective bargaining agreement expiring next winter (and associated labor struggles until then) as well. it is a factor.
Although the top free agents in this winter’s class have yet to sign, there has finally been a real move, courtesy of the San Diego Padres general manager AJ Preller.