We look at three remaining questions for the San Diego Padres as we are just a month away from the start of Spring Training games.
The San Diego Padres will play their first Spring Training game a month from tomorrow (Wednesday, Jan. 22).
We really had four questions going into the offseason for the Padres and most of those have been addressed.
The team was willing to increase the payroll and is set to go into 2020 with it’s highest Opening Day payroll ever of around $140 million.
They also addressed the issue at second base by trading Luis Urias and signing Jurickson Profar. Several other candidates have emerged for the second base job as well that should make for an interesting battle in Spring Training with Jake Cronenworth and Esteban Quiroz in the mix.
A lot of changes have been made in the outfield, but there are still a lot of questions as to how two of those positions will shake out.
And we know they’re not going to be able to get a frontline starter at this time.
One question I won’t discuss below that I think is still lingering out there is whether or not another catcher will be traded.
As I wrote the other day about Austin Hedges, I feel like he’s needed now more than ever and I’m starting to get the feeling San Diego goes into the season with the catching duo they have.
Things feel pretty set at the moment, however, I still believe A.J. Preller has one more big move to make before Spring Training starts.
We looked at the team’s projected win totals the other day and most places have them on the cusp of making the NL Wild Card game.
Whether it’s during the offseason or during the season, Preller will need to make another big move at some point to try and put this team over the top.
But here are three questions I think most of us are still waiting to be answered.