San Diego Padres: Three Non-Tendered Players To Target
A bunch of new players became free agents last week. Should the San Diego Padres have any of them on their radar?
This offseason may be young but it has not lacked intrigue, amazement, and a blazing hot stove full of rumors and speculation that has kept fan bases on their toes since the final pitch of the 2018 World Series. For the San Diego Padres, it has been fairly quiet, however, a number of initial moves have been made to set up the rest of the offseason, one that should bring at least one shocking move.
San Diego’s front office has relayed several times that they don’t anticipate making very many free agent signings, instead focusing their attention to the trade market as they attempt to settle on a solution for third base and form a pitching staff that can make it through the 2019 season with more success than last year’s subpar performance.
Walker Lockett, Rowan Wick, and Colten Brewer have all been traded for minor league depth pieces that could become role players at some point in 2019. Christian Villanueva, Cory Spangenberg, and Colin Rea have been released, all in order to make room for seven Rule-5 eligible prospects on the 40-man roster.
Outside of a few minor league signings and the claiming of Greg Garcia from St. Louis, the Padres haven’t made any major league signings. Could that change now that the team knows who has been non-tendered? Is anyone on this list worthy of consideration?
Yes. We have three players who the Padres should consider signing and why they would be a good fit with the franchise in 2019 and beyond. How about we start with the biggest need this team has- pitching.