It has been a very slow MLB offseason thus far, and in the midst of the end of the NFL and beginning of the NBA, baseball is now trending on Twitter. What an eventful 24 hours it has been for the San Diego Padres. If you haven't been caught up to speed, here is what has conspired.
Wow... The Padres are making MOVES and they are clearly in win-now mode. On top of their loaded offense of Machado, Tatis, and Hosmer, their pitching looks lights out.
Projected 2021 Rotations
1. Blake Snell
2. Yu Darvish
3. Dinelson Lamet
4. Chris Paddack
5. Prospects: Gore/Lucchesi/Morejon/Weathers
This list doesn't even have Mike Clevinger on it, who will miss the season due to Tommy John surgery. If not this season, then next season they will be poised to be a batters nightmare. We haven't even seen the top free agents start moving around the league. Do the Padres just go all in, and try and land Trevor Bauer?
On paper, this is a very solid and winnable rotation. These pitchers have all seen their fair share of success. Snell was the 2018 CY Young winner as well as an All-Star, AL Wins, and ERA leader. Darvish was the 2020 NL Runner up for the CY Young but comes with four All-Star appearances. Lamet finished 4th in this year's NL CY Young voting and Paddack is considered one of the best upcoming young arms in the league. Their career numbers speak for themselves as well.
What are the Rays and Cubs doing? I understand building for the future, but trading your best pitchers when you both are in winning positions is head-scratching. It has to be a financial issue, no? They both received a slew of prospects for the future, but the Rays kept it close with the Dodgers in the World Series and the Cubs have one of the best core of position players in the MLB.
Either way, the Padres heavily improved, and we didn't even touch upon their recent addition in KBO star, Ha-Seong Kim. Will this be enough to get them past the Dodgers?