If the Padres aren’t able to work out a trade for Mookie Betts this season, then perhaps they try to go after him next offseason during free agency.
The 2018 MVP is set to hit free agency at the prime age of 28 and will no doubt be looking for a massive payday.
But he’s exactly what San Diego needs at the top of their lineup. A center fielder with speed and power.
In 2015, Mookie’s first full season, he hit .291/.341 with 18 home runs and 21 stolen bases with an OPS of .820.
The following season was his first of four straight All-Star seasons. He hit .318/.363 with 31 home runs, 113 RBI, and 26 stolen bases to go along with an OPS of .897.
In 2017 he hit just .264 but still had a solid .344 OBP and .803 OPS with 24 home runs and 26 stolen bases.
During his MVP season in 2018 he hit .346/.438 with 32 home runs and 30 stolen bases to go along with a 1.078 OPS in 136 games.
Last year he hit .295/.391 with 29 home runs, 16 stolen bases and an OPS of .915.
At this point you know what you’re going to get with Mookie. He’s going to hit around .290 with close to 30 home runs, 20 stolen bases, and an OPS around .900.
Taking out his MVP season when he posted a WAR of 10.4, he’s averaged a WAR of 6.25 from 2015 to 2019, according to FanGraphs.
He’s likely going to get a contract similar to the one Manny Machado got (10 years and $300 million). I really doubt the Padres can afford another contract like that, but wouldn’t it be fun?