4 biggest questions for San Diego Padres this offseason

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SAN DIEGO, CA – OCTOBER 31: Jayce  Tingler speaks at a news conference held to announce his hiring as the new manager of the San Diego Padres at Petco Park October 31, 2019 in San Diego, California. (Photo by Denis Poroy/Getty Images)

Now that free agency is open, we take a look at the 4 biggest questions facing the San Diego Padres entering this offseason.

The San Diego Padres enter maybe the biggest offseason in the history of this franchise going into an all-important 2020 season.

With the rebuild complete, the pieces should be in place for this team to start competing for a spot in the postseason.

And with general manager A.J. Preller being in the last year of his deal, and him putting the fate of his future in the hands of a first-time MLB manager in Jayce Tingler, I’d say the stakes are high for 2020.

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How Preller and the front office decide to play things this offseason will go a long way in determining the future of this franchise.

Can they turn things around and create a positive vibe for Padres fans to get excited about? Or do they have another disappointing season where they’re out of contention before the calendar turns to September?

In my opinion, they can’t afford the latter. This fanbase has gone through way too much already and can’t take another season of futility.

There has to be a major level of improvement in 2020, and to do that, the Padres need to have a big offseason.

And that doesn’t just mean going out and spending ‘stupid money’ as the Philadelphia Phillies did last offseason, but I expect Preller to be very active trying to put together a team capable of winning in 2020.

With that, here are the four biggest questions the Padres face entering this offseason. Questions that must be answered before Opening Day.

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