The San Diego Padres came into the 2019 season trumpeting an abundance of talented outfielders who would have to compete for playing time and fight it out to be the outfielders for a contending team.
What happened next can only remind San Diego Padres fans of the heartbreak and frustration that has always accompanied following the team.
The one breakout outfielder of the first half of the season slumped in the second half, further prompting questions about his ability to sustain success and hit for a decent average.
This was a necessary trade for the Padres. Reyes has a tremendous personality and a powerful bat but is a DH and had to go to an AL team eventually.
Manuel Margot shows flashes of what he is capable of but has been woefully inadequate against right-handed pitching and has not fulfilled his promise as an elite defender in center field. He is, at best, a platoon player.
Travis Jankowski was traded to the Cincinnati Reds in exchange for international bonus cash.
Josh Naylor is a bat-first converted first baseman whose stocky build limits his agility and will limit his speed as he gets older. He would be best suited to go back to first base or become a DH for an AL team. He is not a long term solution in the outfield.
Franchy Cordero is where the heartbreak comes in. A true five-tool athlete with elite talent, Cordero can’t stay on the field. His history of injuries is long and all we have seen are flashes of his amazing skills. Padres fans dream of what the outfield would be if Franchy could stay healthy.
Wil Myers is a few ticks below Cordero in the skills department but an elite athlete nonetheless. For anyone reading this, I don’t have to go into detail regarding all the ways Myers has disappointed the Padres. Trading him to a new environment, which could actually help, seems impossible due to his cumbersome $22.5 million per year remaining contract.
If AJ Preller can pull that off and get anything in return for getting Myers off the books I will have underestimated him. If Myers starts the season as the Padres primary right fielder we will have another year to watch his periodic bursts of productivity coupled with his long stretches of futility.