Padres new-look OF is improved, but still work to be done

SAN DIEGO, CA - APRIL 7: Manuel Margot #7 of the San Diego Padres, right, is congratulated by Wil Myers #4 after hitting a solo home run during the third inning of the opening day baseball game against the San Francisco Giants at PETCO Park on April 7, 2017 in San Diego, California. (Photo by Denis Poroy/Getty Images)
SAN DIEGO, CA - APRIL 7: Manuel Margot #7 of the San Diego Padres, right, is congratulated by Wil Myers #4 after hitting a solo home run during the third inning of the opening day baseball game against the San Francisco Giants at PETCO Park on April 7, 2017 in San Diego, California. (Photo by Denis Poroy/Getty Images) /
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SAN DIEGO, CA – SEPTEMBER 12: Wil  Myers #4 of the San Diego Padres walks to the dugout after being ejected from the game during the ninth inning of a baseball game against Chicago Cubs at Petco Park September 12, 2019 in San Diego, California. (Photo by Denis Poroy/Getty Images) /

Still work to be done

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While the current outfield construction is an upgrade from 2019, really all Preller has done so far is swap Hunter Renfroe with Tommy Pham and find a platoon partner with Margot.

And if you could count on Francy being healthy, he’d be just as good of a platoon partner in center.

So I still think there is a lot of work to be done in the outfield in order to make it a strength in 2020.

Getting Pham is a significant upgrade and should help with the OBP totals.

But Myers is still a black hole in the outfield and on the payroll unless you expect him to return to his 2016 form when he as a 3 WAR player.

That’s basically what the Padres need to complete this outfield rebuild, another 3 WAR player to pair with Pham.

My belief is that Preller is trying really hard to move Myers and his contract any way that he can.

That would open up the door for San Diego to go out and get a big bat for right field.

Starling Marte was a 3 WAR player in 2019 and the Pittsburgh Pirates are apparently looking for catching help in return for him.

That’s just one possible option and there are several others they could go after.

Point being, this outfield reconstruction process isn’t finished. I think the next move is to trade Myers and then find a 3 WAR player to replace him in right field.

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Let me know if you think the outfield re-construction is finished or if there’s more to come in the comments below.

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