Padres: Why it’s go big or go home this offseason in free agency and trades

HOUSTON, TEXAS - OCTOBER 29: Stephen Strasburg #37 of the Washington Nationals delivers the pitch against the Houston Astros during the first inning in Game Six of the 2019 World Series at Minute Maid Park on October 29, 2019 in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)
HOUSTON, TEXAS - OCTOBER 29: Stephen Strasburg #37 of the Washington Nationals delivers the pitch against the Houston Astros during the first inning in Game Six of the 2019 World Series at Minute Maid Park on October 29, 2019 in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images) /
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SAN DIEGO, CA – SEPTEMBER 20: Eric  Lauer #46 of the San Diego Padres pitches during the the second inning of a baseball game against the Arizona Diamondbacks at Petco Park September 20, 2019 in San Diego, California. (Photo by Denis Poroy/Getty Images)
SAN DIEGO, CA – SEPTEMBER 20: Eric  Lauer #46 of the San Diego Padres pitches during the the second inning of a baseball game against the Arizona Diamondbacks at Petco Park September 20, 2019 in San Diego, California. (Photo by Denis Poroy/Getty Images) /

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.

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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.

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