How will the outfield shake out?
The Padres are pretty set on the infield and behind the plate, but I think what most people want to know is how the outfield will take shape.
Left field is secured by Tommy Pham, but who plays center and right is still anyone’s guess.
In all, there could be eight players in spring training battling for time in those final two outfield spots.
Those first four are the favorites to make the team. Myers is virtually a lock to make the team unless he’s traded, and it would be very surprising if Grisham and Cordero don’t make the Opening Day roster.
Olivares and Trammell are unlikely unless they just kill it in spring training. But even then, they’re probably still going to get more time in the minors.
Almonte and Lagares are the wild cards here. They both have had Major League success in the past.
Lagares was brought in to battle for the center field position, which is what I’m most interested in.
Cordero and Grisham have the inside track on winning the job, but they’ll have to prove in spring training that they can handle the position.
There are also rumors that Tatis could get some reps in center this Spring.
While I think that’s more for future flexibility, it is something to keep an eye on in spring training.
Unless another big move happens during spring training, which is possible, these are the outfielders we’ll have going into the season.
And how they perform in spring training will determine who at least starts the season in the Padres outfield.