The offseason is only a few weeks old, and the latest rumors suggest the San Diego Padres will be making several statement moves this winter.
Having already re-signed pitchers Nick Martinez and Robert Suarez, both of whom were instrumental in the Padres’ magical run to the NLCS, general manager AJ Preller can afford to focus on other needs for now.
With an aggressive manager like Preller pulling the strings, San Diego will be linked with seemingly every big-name free agent that fits the team’s needs and budget. That would certainly explain why the Padres, with stars like Carlos Correa, Xander Bogaerts, Trea Turner and Dansby Swanson, have become players in the shortstop market who can all be signed.
Let’s take a look at some other relevant San Diego news that fans should know ahead of the bank holiday weekend.
More Padres news
- With a vacancy at first base and a designated hitter, the Padres have reportedly identified former AL MVP Jose Abreu as their “top priority” this offseason after nine exemplary seasons with the White Sox. Abreu has a career .292/.354/.506 slash and is averaging 27 home runs and over 95 RBI per season with an .860 OPS. Suffice to say he would be a fantastic signing for San Diego.
- The Padres faced coveted Japanese starter Kodai Senga last week. They are one of many teams showing interest in Senga, including the Yankees, Red Sox, Giants and Mets. While every team is a threat to secure Senga’s signature, San Diego could have the upper hand in the sweepstakes given Senga is close with Yu Darvish and played overseas with Suarez and Martinez.
- Elsewhere, the Padres sadly haven’t written out cult hero Jorge Alfaro. The catcher survived just one season in San Diego, but he won’t be forgotten around the area anytime soon after setting a franchise-record five walk-offs.
- Former Padres stars Huston Street and Gary Sheffield have been named at the 2023 Hall of Fame election. Street owned a 2.95 ERA with 324 saves in his career, including a 2.03 ERA in nearly three years with the brothers.
- The Padres’ NL West rivals are also considering big splashes. Aaron Judge was spotted in San Francisco on a free-agent visit with the Giants, who are emerging as the Yankees’ biggest threat in the Judge chase.
- After losing Tyler Anderson to the Angels, the Dodgers are reportedly in the mix for reigning AL Cy Young Justin Verlander. Los Angeles have also been linked with Aaron Judge and those rumors are apparently going nowhere after the club failed to write out former NLCS MVP Cody Bellinger this week.
That’s all we have…for now. The Giants and Dodgers have plenty of cash to spend this offseason, so you can almost guarantee a few more stars to join the NL West. However, the Padres will have something to say about it.