Recent Non-Tenders Could Help Padres Fill Holes
Mar 16, 2012; Peoria, AZ, USA; San Diego Padres left fielder Kyle Blanks (88) during an at bat during the first inning against the Los Angeles Angels at the Peoria Sports Complex. Mandatory Credit: Jake Roth-USA TODAY Sports
2. First Baseman/Outfielder Kyle Blanks
A blast from the past. Last May, the Padres traded Blanks to A’s for Jake Goebbert and Ronald Herrera. During his tenure in Oakland, in 21 games, Blanks, 28, hit .333, with two homers and seven RBIs, with a slash line of .333/.446/489. In 21 games, Blanks struck out 13 times in 45 ABs.
In his six season in San Diego, Blanks put up a slash line of .228/.310/.401, while hitting 28 home runs and driving in 98 in 239 games.
Padres Outlook: Yonder Alonso is not a very good baseball player. Over the last three years, Alonso has played in 218 of 486 regular season game, and driven 108 over the same period. The best thing the team could do for themselves and Alonso is send him to El Paso to start the year and, based on the results, the team can go from there. I’d like to see the Padres sign Blanks and give hime some serious ABs. Another possible solution, and I don’t know if this is feasible, but start Carlos Quentin at first.
Sep 14, 2014; Toronto, Ontario, CAN; Toronto Blue Jays pinch hitter John Mayberry Junior (9) hits a home run against Tampa Bay Rays in the ninth inning to tie the game at Rogers Centre. Tampa Bay won 6-5. Mandatory Credit: Peter Llewellyn-USA TODAY Sports
3.Outfielder/First Baseman John Mayberry
Mayberry had some semi-solid years with the Phillies, including hitting .245 in 2012, while hitting 14 homers and driving in 46. Over a seven year career, Mayberry put up a slash line of .241/.305/.429, plus he plays solid defense, can play all three outfield spots, as well as first base.
Padres Outlook: Again, Alonso is not a very good baseball player, and he is at best mediocre defensively at first base. Adding another outfielder and someone who could play first would give the Padres certain amount of flexibility, not only in the outfield but also at first, and potentially a several bargaining chips in future trades.