A new look in the outfield
One of the biggest goals for A.J. Preller and the San Diego Padres this offseason will be putting together the outfield.
They have a number of outfielders, but none of them have lived up to expectations to this point.
And more specifically, they need a left-handed hitting outfielder.
The first free agent bid I put out was for Corey Dickerson as he’s an obvious target for the Padres this offseason.
I went in at two years and $10 million. The Reds bumped it to two years and $13 million, and I countered with two years and $15 million (my final bid according to the rules).
However, Cincinnati came in and sniped him for two years and $17 million.
I then went the trade route and was able to land Nomar Mazara from the Rangers.
In hindsight, I was a little too eager to make that move. I should have gone after David Peralta first.
Eventually, I did go after Peralta and was able to land the left-handed-hitting outfielder from the Diamondbacks.
At this point, I figured the Padres could put Peralta in left and platoon Mazara and Hunter Renfroe in right.
So my next task was finding a center fielder.
There really arent’ any good free agent options, and although I don’t think Starling Marte is a center field, he had already been traded before I could get involved.
Bader was the choice as I was able to get him from the Cardinals Faux GM in a straight-up swap for Renfroe.
With the outfield set, I looked to free agency to find some depth and someone to pair with Mazara in right.