San Diego Padres: Top 3 free agents left to consider this offseason

SAN FRANCISCO, CALIFORNIA - AUGUST 10: Corey Dickerson #31 of the Philadelphia Phillies hits a solo home run in the top of the first inning against the San Francisco Giants at Oracle Park on August 10, 2019 in San Francisco, California. (Photo by Lachlan Cunningham/Getty Images)
SAN FRANCISCO, CALIFORNIA - AUGUST 10: Corey Dickerson #31 of the Philadelphia Phillies hits a solo home run in the top of the first inning against the San Francisco Giants at Oracle Park on August 10, 2019 in San Francisco, California. (Photo by Lachlan Cunningham/Getty Images) /
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Eric Hosmer #30 of the San Diego Padres. (Photo by Dylan Buell/Getty Images)
Eric Hosmer #30 of the San Diego Padres. (Photo by Dylan Buell/Getty Images) /

With most of the top free agents now off the board, we look at the three best options for the San Diego Padres to consider this offseason.

It seems like the San Diego Padres were never that interested in Hyun-Jin Ryu before he signed with the Toronto Blue Jays.

And it really doesn’t seem like they were all that engaged with any of the top free agents this offseason, which is a little disappointing.

But when you consider the budget limitations and the big contracts already on the books, it makes a lot of sense.

The Padres have $75.5 million on the books for the next three season just for Manny Machado, Eric Hosmer, and Wil Myers.

By the time Myers is off the books and Hosmer’s AAV comes back down to $13 million a year in three years, players like Fernando Tatis Jr., Chris Paddack, and perhaps MacKenzie Gore will start getting big raises in arbitration.

San Diego maybe has room for one more big, long-term move in free agency over the coming years, so it makes sense why they never really could get in the bidding for the top free agents this offseason.

But that doesn’t mean there aren’t several free agents out there they should be interested in this offseason.

There are still some very good names left who could help the team in 2020, and there are some other high upside players who are looking to bounce-back that San Diego could take advantage of.

In no particular order, here are the three best free agents left for the Padres to consider this offseason.

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