Don’t forget about me
In the interest of completeness, we need to mention that Ian Kinsler is still on the Padres roster and was not released during the purging of the 40 man roster that occurred before the Rule V draft deadline.
That somewhat surprised me as that would have been an easy, though expensive, way to clear a roster spot.
After watching Kinsler struggle mightily during the first half of 2019, the Padres limited his second-half playing time and he was able to be a bit more productive.
His batting line of .217/.278/.368 for $3.75 million is overall non-productive and will not fit onto a roster fighting to turn itself into a playoff-contending team.
Profar is far younger with a lot more potential and Kinsler will be 38 this season. Barring anyone trading for him, which is unlikely, Kinsler can’t be allowed to take up a roster spot and must be designated for assignment or released before the end of spring training.
All of this leads me to wonder if Preller is done with shopping for a full-time second baseman for the 2020 season.
Seeing as he has more pressure on him to perform this coming year I would not be surprised to find him adding more depth at the position before we head into the season.
Some competition at second would hopefully bring out the best in all concerned and make the final decision more difficult for the organization.
I really would love to see the Jurickson Profar that the Rangers developed re-emerge. He would make the Padres much better in 2020 and who wouldn’t want to see the Machado, Tatis Jr, Profar, and Hosmer combination around the infield?