San Diego Padres: Three players who need to have a good week
The San Diego Padres trimmed their roster to 61 players on Sunday. As we inch closer to the final 40-man roster, here are three players that need good weeks to avoid being cut.
Fresh off optioning or reassigning 11 players to minor league camp, the San Diego Padres will likely be making another round of cuts this coming weekend as we get down to the final 40 guys on the roster. Also labeled as “Moving Day,” the round of cuts provides clarity as to who will make up the Opening Day roster.
In regards to the last round of cuts, the second base position, in particular, saw some clarity with both Owen Miller and Esteban Quiroz being reassigned. Miller and Quiroz batted .143 and .200 in six and nine games, respectively. However, that’s time taken away from Jurickson Profar, Greg Garcia, Brian Dozier, among others who need to showcase themselves.
Dozier, especially, needs the time given the fact that he is currently not on the 40-man roster, so someone would have to be designated for assignment to make room, should he perform well enough. Right now, the natural selection would be to DFA Breyvic Valera, who was a late offseason addition but has done mainly nothing in spring thus far.
With Valera potentially on his way out, let’s look at a few other players who need to have good weeks in order not to be part of the next wave of cuts.