With the deadline to tender arbitration players a contract on Monday, the San Diego Padres made several moves and opened up a roster spot in the process.
Doing so brings the Padres’ total to 39 on their 40-man roster, leaving room for someone to be added through another acquisition this offseason.
They did tender contracts to their eight other arbitration-eligible players, which includes, Austin Hedges, Manuel Margot, Hunter Renfroe, Zach Davies, Dinelson Lamet, Luis Perdomo, Kirby Yates, and Matt Strahm.
Some thought Perdomo was a candidate to be non-tendered, but San Diego decided to keep him and let him compete for a bullpen spot.
The players now have to decide whether or not to accept the contract that was tendered to them, or reject and go to an arbitrator to settle the matter.
Arbitration hearings will take place on February 3-21, 2020. But most likely both sides will come to an agreement before then.
Profar will make $5.7 million in 2020, while Garcia is set to make $1.5 million.
The pair are expected to split duties at second base as of now.
Ian Kinsler is also still on the roster and is set to make $3.75 million next season. So unless the Padres decide to cut Kinsler, he’ll factor into the second base discussion as well.
Again, we will most likely see the eight players who were tendered contracts agree to deals in the coming weeks.
One to keep a close eye on is Yates. San Diego would love to extend him and this is the best time to do get it done.
However, if they can’t come to an agreement on an extension, the Padres may pivot and look to trade the closer.
We now have a much clearer picture of what the roster and payroll looks like as AJ Preller and the Padres prepare for the Winter Meetings starting this Sunday.