Go Big or Go Home
I say all of that to say this — if the Padres are going to make a move of any sort this offseason, it has to be a big one.
One of the biggest mistakes I made during our Faux Winter Meetings was making a deal for the sake of making a deal. I wanted to build a contender for 2020 and made a bunch of short-sighted moves.
In the end, what I realized is that I could have done just as good with the players already on the roster.
Instead of bringing in a veteran, back of the rotation starter like Michael Pineda, I would have been better served to just let Lauer or Quantrill continue to develop in that spot.
That’s why I think if the Padres are going to make any moves this offseason it needs to be for someone who will be a major upgrade and a player that will be around for their winning window.
There are already several average players on the Padres roster who have the potential to be great.
I’d rather give those guys a shot than bring in a player who has proven to just be good or average throughout their career.
And I also don’t think it’s smart to bring in stopgap players on one-year deals.
Unless the front office really thinks the Padres have a shot at winning a World Series in 2020, there isn’t much reason to waste money and prospects on a rental player.