The San Diego Padres biggest need this offseason is a third baseman.
I wouldn’t say those are the options A.J. Preller wants to have on March 28, and the only player he should be focused on right now, in my opinion, is Mike Moustakas.
Moustakas is well known for his World Series championship in 2015 with current Padre’s first basemen Eric Hosmer, and Hosmer and Moustakas are good friends.
Eric Hosmer has already said that he wants Moustakas across the diamond from him opening day, and personally, I’d like to see that as well.
Moustakas’ best option other than San Diego could be Milwaukee, but then they would have to put Travis Shaw at second base again. Other teams have expressed some interest in Mike as a possibility as well. You could make a case for him to sign with the Rangers. Mike Petriello made mention of this as a possibility recently.
You could make the old argument for Moustakas to re-sign with the Brewers over the Padres because they are contenders, but the Brewers wouldn’t want to commit to him for more than a year or two as they are more interested in free agent starting pitchers.
The San Diego Padres, on the other hand, could be able to give him a two to three year deal with an option for the following year.
So he would be here until 2020 and then 2021 which is when the Padres could be contenders. While that is unlikely, if possible, the Padres will be in a good place in the next few years, and Mike would get to play with one of his best friends in Eric Hosmer.
Moustakas in a Padres uniform could be a good fit, so what are the Padres waiting for?