Faux Winter Meetings: Padres swing a deal for David Peralta
As the San Diego Padres continue to revamp the outfield for 2020 in our FanSided Faux Winter Meetings, they land David Peralta from the Arizona Diamondbacks.
One name that I think the San Diego Padres and A.J. Preller should definitely be pursuing this offseason is outfielder David Peralta.
The left-handed slugger checks all the boxes for what the Padres need in the outfield, and luckily I was able to snag him in our Faux Winter Meetings.
Here is the full trade:
The price for one year of Peralta was a middle reliever who is still pre-arbitration eligible in Trey Wingenter, and a bench utility man in Greg Garcia.
I certainly don’t love giving up the control of a pitcher like Wingenter, but I think it was worth the cost to get Peralta.
In 2019 Peralta was limited to just 99 games but hit .275 with 12 home runs with a WAR of 1.7. However, in 2018 he hit .293 with 30 home runs in 146 games with a WAR of 3.9 according to FanGraphs.
He absolutely crushes right-handed pitching with a career .306 average against righties.
With him now in the mix — along with Nomar Mazara who I traded for earlier in our Faux Winter Meetings — that gives the Padres two big bats from the left side.
In this scenario, the outfield would now have Peralta in left, Manuel Margot in center, and a platoon of Hunter Renfroe and Mazara in right.
That’s not bad, and I’m still looking for an upgrade in center field.
The only downside is that Peralta is a rental and will be a free agent after the 2020 season, but maybe the Padres can work out an extension with him.
I also have to look for a bench bat to replace Garcia, but those can be found pretty cheap in free agency.
Starting pitching has been hard to find in our Faux Winter Meetings, but I’m currently scouring the trade market trying to find a frontline starter.
Check back throughout the rest of this week as we continue our Faux Winter Meetings and continue to leave your comments below to let us know how we’re doing.