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San Diego Padres: New Year, New Team

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San Diego Padres

The San Diego Padres and their fans did not have much to root for last season. The city and Petco Park hosted the All-star Game and it’s festivities which turned out to be the high point of the year. The 2016 Padres finished with a record of 68-94 giving them their eighth season in the last nine with a record below .500. To add to the misery, legendary San Diego Padres closer Trevor Hoffman missed getting into the Hall of Fame by one percent. Despite this, the future looks stronger than it has ever been.


Off-Season Moves:

A.J. Preller and the rest of the front office has been quiet when it comes to signing free agents, but signed a multitude of players to minor league contracts. Overall, it has been rather quiet and looks as if they are constructing the team from within. Some notable departures are Tyson Ross, Jon Jay, Edwin Jackson, Adam Rosales. With that being said, they have made a few moves to give the fans something to enjoy this season over the course of the off-season.

In December, San Diego sent catcher Derek Norris to the Washington Nationals for RHP Pedro Avila. Avila has yet to appear in an MLB game, but has spent some time in the minor league system. There is a possible upside to this trade, Avila is only 20 years old and has already show success at the minor league level. He has appeared in 34 games there, going 14-10 with a 2.93 ERA while striking out 184 batters. Keep an eye out for him.

The Padres resigned LHP Clayton Richards. He was 3-3 with a 3.33 ERA during his 11 game span with them in the second half of the season. Richards will likely be their Opening Day starter. They also signed RHP Jhouly Chacin, and he will likely be a starter for the team. They also signed Trevor Cahill who is fresh of winning a World Series ring with the Chicago Cubs.

The biggest move this off-season has been the contact extension for first baseman Wil Myers. He had a phenomenal 2016 campaign which consisted of 28+ doubles, home runs, and stolen bases, and he also racked 94 RBI’s. His $83 million contract is the largest in San Diego Padres history.

Expectations For 2017:

2017 is going to be a long tiresome trail of ups and downs for a team that is in a rebuild (when is it not?).

“The guys that we’re going to start introducing to the big leagues this year — Wil embraced those guys.” -A.J. Peller

Myers and the rest will show you why you should be excited for what is up and coming for this franchise that has been long overdue. Myers will be a huge leader for this team because he believes in everyone from the top down.

“He embraced what he’s seen on the Minor League side. He embraced the idea of growing with those guys. That was really important.” -A.J. Peller

Summary:

San Diego and anyone who roots for the Padres, bear with them, as long as they don’t trade a future leader like they did with Anthony Rizzo, hope lies ahead. While you (the fans) wait, enjoy watching this young team.

Side note: Do whatever you can to get Trevor Hoffman in the Baseball Hall of Fame. One Percent was all that separated him this year.

In the words of Wil Myers, “The best is yet to come here.”