In this morning’s San Diego Padres rundown, nothing has happened as major deadline looms.
It is Tuesday morning, November 20th, meaning that a major offseason deadline is today and we’re one day closer to Thanksgiving. Will San Diego Padres fans have plenty to talk about around the dinner table on Thursday? We hope so.
The deadline to protect Rule-5 draft-eligible players is today, meaning we were expecting at least a few roster moves to be made, however, news out of Padres camp was very quiet, minus the release of 2019 home game times. Our Friars will begin the 2019 season at Petco Park on March 28th against the division-rival San Francisco Giants. First pitch is scheduled for 1:10 pm PT. Anyone think the opposing pitcher for game one will be Madison Bumgarner?
Major League Baseball also released an updated 2019 draft list, including Competitive Balance Round A and B picks. The Padres now have the 74th overall pick in the draft to add to their collection, picking fourth in Competitive Balance Round B. These selections are subject to change once free agency gets underway.
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The big news out of Monday was the lack thereof. San Diego has a full 40-man roster and a large contingent of Top 30 prospects who need to be protected. Chris Paddack, Anderson Espinoza, and Austin Allen all figure to be locked for the 40-man. Meanwhile, Top 30 prospects Edward Olivares and Pedro Avila appear to be on the bubble. Both are having fantastic winter ball seasons and are prospects with future major league value.
Others including Ty France, Hansel Rodriguez, Gerardo Reyes, Travis Radke, Michael Gettys, Trevor Megill and more are also Rule-5 eligible. France, Reyes, and Radke all provide intrigue, however, it could be difficult to find a spot for them on the 40-man with five top prospects also requiring a spot. On the other hand, maybe it won’t be that difficult.
After finishing 2018 with one of the worst offenses in franchise history and patchwork starting rotation, there are plenty of candidates to be designated for assignment. There have also been numerous trade rumors involving the Padres that could come to fruition to help clear roster space.
Stay close to your phones or computer today. It could be a fun one.