San Diego has been characteristically loud this off-season. GM A.J. Preller has been outspoken on who the Padres are targeting and who they are marketing.
When the Padres were chasing Pablo Sandoval and Yasmany Tomas, Preller made a point to comment publicly that the signing of one of those free agents would not impede the signing of the other. Just last week after trading for Matt Kemp during the Winter Meetings, the Padres front office again echoed those previous sentiments saying that the focus was indeed adding additional bats.
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Since acquiring Kemp, the Padres have been linked to other notable sluggers such as Justin Upton, Evan Gattis, Yoenis Cespedes, and Jay Bruce. One thing is clear: The Padres are intent on building a formidable offense to contend with the rest of the National League West.
The only person on the current Padres roster with proven power is Jedd Gyorko, but if his 2014 season was indicative of anything, it’s that the Padres can’t rely on his bat.
The Padres continued interest in Josh Johnson and new interest in Brandon Morrow leads me to believe that the Padres are preparing to part ways with an arm or two in order to acquire a bat and soon. I wouldn’t be surprised if the Padres are getting ready to package Ian Kennedy, Jesse Hahn, Will Venable, and a prospect to Atlanta in exchange for Justin Upton and Evan Gattis.
Check back with us soon to follow our continued developments this offseason!