The San Diego Padres Christmas Wish List

KANSAS CITY, MO - JUNE 30: Danny Duffy
KANSAS CITY, MO - JUNE 30: Danny Duffy /

With Christmas just seven days away,  it’s time to discuss the San Diego Padre Christmas wish list.

Tis the season to being a baseball fan. Oh it’s that time of year. Where every kid has dreams of Shohei Ohtani’s or Eric Hosmer’s dancing in their heads.

When you can get yourself the most dominating pitcher in the Japanese leagues or the best first basemen on the market. Shaping your franchise for years to come.

For the supposedly rebuilding Padres this Christmas wish list season has a different feel than years past. It actually feels like they are making legitimate strides to improve this team. The trade for Freddy Galvis only reinforces that notion.

In moving Enyel De Los Santos in the deal for Galvis, the team proves they want to win starting this year, while keeping the farm system intact.

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By trading a highly regarded prospect for a contributing piece (if only for a year), the Padres are able to show the depth the system has and prove that they are willing to move some of those pieces for big-league players.

Yes they did not land Ohtani, but being among the finalists must have been a somewhat surprise. An even bigger surprise would be the Padres signing some big name free agents.

As of this article Eric Hosmer coming to San Diego is as real as It gets. Considered the favorite to land him at this time in the off-season is something unheard of around these parts.

Add in the trade for Galvis and the recently reacquired Chase Headley and you already see a better defensive left side of the infield. If the front office was somehow able to get Christian Yelich added to the mix, it would make for a great and productive Hot Stove season.

You can see and feel this team trying to get better. My intention of this article is for dreaming of what can or could be for the rest of this Hot Stove season.

With that in mind this Christmas wish list will show my hopes, and dreams of what will happen for the Friars the rest of the off-season.

Free agents:  (1)

1) Eric Hosmer-1B (6yrs-150 million)

Signing him makes the whole team better. A clubhouse leader who is bi-lingual, is a great offensive player and a four time gold glove winner at first base. A great first basemen always improves the rest of your infield defense.

Re signings:

1) Jhoulys Chacin-SP (1yr-7 million)

He would bring much of the same as last year. Another great clubhouse presence, an innings eater, and brings some passionate emotion this team has lacked. And loves to pitch at Petco Park.

2) Craig Stammen-RP (1yr-4 million)

Stammen should definitely be re signed. After a tough first month was the most consistent reliever we had not named Brad Hand. Provides dependability and versatility to a young bullpen

3) Hector Sanchez-C (1yr-2 million)

In my opinion the perfect back up Catcher. Bats left-handed, has some pop in his bat, and has versatility to play first base if need be, and again a great clubhouse presence.  Plays with that passion and fire you love to see.

Trades: (1)

Padres trade:

1) Hunter Renfroe-RF

2) Alex Dickerson-LF

3) Cory Spangenberg-3B

4) Carlos Asuaje-2B

The Padres trade theses four players to the rebuilding and cost-cutting Marlins in exchange for:

1) Christian Yelich-LF

2) Starlin Castro-2B

This trade helps both teams immediately. The Padres get two starters with controllable contracts. And continue to upgrade the overall offense, defense, and clubhouse culture with major league proven players.

The Marlins would receive young, team controlled players with upside who already have major league experience, who could start next season.

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  • There is my Padre Christmas wish list. Could this happen? No way in Christmas hell. But that doesn’t take away the front office is looking at improving now, while also still upgrading the farm system continually.

    The proposed deals mentioned above are not as far-fetched as it sounds. This would improve the team dramatically on both sides of the ball and create an amazing clubhouse culture.

    It would raise the payroll yes. But not to the point where it handicapped the team for future seasons. This could be what general manager A.J. Preller had planned all along.

    This hot stove season has a different feeling to it than the past two. This has more of the 2014-15 off-season feel to it. Especially when the names of Ohtani, Hosmer, Galvis, and Yelich mentioned in the same sentence with the San Diego Padres.

    This team will be better than last year. Let’s just hope when we awake on Christmas morning that at least a few of these names listed will be in a Friar uniform.

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