If indeed he left Cuba, besides Yasmany Tomas, there could be another Cuban export who could make sense for the San Diego Padres to go after.
26-year-old second baseman Jose Fernandez, if he indeed defected, could be a good fit for the Padres. He’s said to have good on base skills and to be adequate on defense.
Here’s how he fits.
It seems that Jedd Gyorko might be outgrowing second base a bit. The Padres could use a third baseman, and Gyorko can move back to the position he used to play. He was only moved to second since Chase Headley was there and the Padres wanted to make room for Gyorko’s bat.
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The Padres do have Cory Spangenberg waiting in the wings after he broke in last year. Spangenberg may very well be the second baseman of the future, however, he’s got some versatility to him, which could make him an interesting piece to move around.
The Padres could add Fernandez to add another young and relatively cheap infielder to the mix. Even if he isn’t ready right away, it still could be a good addition.