4 biggest questions for San Diego Padres this offseason

HOUSTON, TEXAS - OCTOBER 23: Stephen Strasburg #37 of the Washington Nationals delivers the pitch against the Houston Astros during the third inning in Game Two of the 2019 World Series at Minute Maid Park on October 23, 2019 in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)
HOUSTON, TEXAS - OCTOBER 23: Stephen Strasburg #37 of the Washington Nationals delivers the pitch against the Houston Astros during the third inning in Game Two of the 2019 World Series at Minute Maid Park on October 23, 2019 in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images) /
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DENVER, CO – SEPTEMBER 15: Wil  Myers #4 of the San Diego Padres watches his fly out in the ninth inning against the Colorado Rockies at Coors Field on September 15, 2019 in Denver, Colorado. Colorado won 10-5. (Photo by Joe Mahoney/Getty Images)
DENVER, CO – SEPTEMBER 15: Wil  Myers #4 of the San Diego Padres watches his fly out in the ninth inning against the Colorado Rockies at Coors Field on September 15, 2019 in Denver, Colorado. Colorado won 10-5. (Photo by Joe Mahoney/Getty Images) /

How will they cut money? Or will they increase payroll?

As we talked about already on here, the Padres current 2020 payroll is already well over what they normally spend.

So the front office has a decision to make, is it time to spend big and dramatically increase the payroll? Or do they need to find ways to cut money?

My personal opinion is that they’ll do a little bit of both.

It sounds like the Padres are willing to increase the payroll some this season, but I still wouldn’t expect the final payroll figure at the end of 2020 to be over $120 million.

That means that if Preller is going to add this offseason, he’s going to have to first get creative in finding ways to cut money.

That means possibly trading guys like Wil Myers, Hunter Renfroe, Austin Hedges, and maybe even Kirby Yates.

Those four alone are set to make around $35 million in 2020.

Of course, they aren’t going to find anyone to take on all of that Wil Myers’ contract, but even if they can get someone to take on half of it that would be a huge help.

So maybe before the Padres can even add this offseason, they may have to subtract.

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