After the Marlins locked up Giancarlo Stanton with the mega deal of all mega deals, they are looking to spend money to not only lock up their younger players, but add a veteran presence. The Marlins, like the Padres, could use an upgrade at first.
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Reports indicate that the Marlins have made a two-year, $20 million offer to free agent first baseman Adam LaRoche. With Billy Butler gone, LaRoche is the man as far as the free agent first base market is concerned.
If the Padres are serious about contending next year, and serious about adding offense, they have to get in the game for LaRoche and soon. Yes, they are in on Pablo Sandoval, but they aren’t exactly the favorites to land the Kung Fu Panda. We’ve heard that they are in on Yasmani Tomas, but right now, all is quiet on that front.
The only move the Padres have done so far is acquire the negotiating rights for Kwang-Hyun Kim. That’s it. Yes we haven’t reached Thanksgiving yet, but teams are negotiating deals and making moves all over MLB.
When a position is so thin, and it’s a position you have a need at, I’d like to see the Padres be a bit more aggressive. I’d like to see them try and get LaRoche in a room and sell him and make him an offer and see where he wants to go.