The Padres are pretty popular around the internet these days after the 7-player deal that landed Alex Torres in San Diego. Here’s a look around the web at what people are saying about the Friars.
Tom Krasovic has an article up at U-T San Diego asking scouts around baseball what they think about the recent trade. The consensus seems to be that Alex Torres is going to be great for the Padres. Jesse Hahn, the other pitcher acquired from the Rays seems to have been traded due to lingering injury concerns. A lot of the scouts interviewed think that Logan Forsythe was traded for the same reason. Apparently there are some durability concerns and a lack of secondary pitches when it comes to Matt Andriese. The scouts think this is a reason that the Padres were willing to part with him. I’m very happy to see that the consensus from people in the know is that the Padres won this one. But, like one of the scouts said, the Rays don’t usually mess these things up so a winner can’t be declared for a few years.
Bill Center speculates on what Nick Hundley’s role will be this season. Assuming Grandal comes back healthy and ready to go, could Hundley become expendable with Rivera being the back-up? Hundley is in the last year of his contract and there is absolutely 0% chance that the Padres pick up his $5 mil option. Maybe Grandal is healthy and the Padres could get a decent return on Hundley.
Matt Snyder at CBS Sports has an article up about the All-Time Single Season Padres team. He backs up all of his selections with numbers and I’m not one to argue. Take a look at the list. I kind of like the Garry Templeton pick at Shortstop. His numbers at the plate were much better than Ozzie’s. Too bad Winfield and Gwynn couldn’t both make it into the outfield.
What do you think about the All-Time Single Season team? Do you agree with my agreeing with not putting Ozzie in the lineup? What do you think about the Padres-Rays trade? Do you think we came out on top like I do?