After a huge week of wins the San Diego Padres have proven this team is in the mix. Now it’s time for the front office to do their part.
After losing five in a row they were suddenly out of the playoff picture and trending in the wrong direction.
Well, boy, did they respond to my article and bounce back in a huge way by winning seven straight games, including a sweep over the Houston Astros in convincing fashion.
Just a week ago the Padres were fourth in the NL West with a .500 record.
One week later they are second in the NL West and four games ahead of the third-place team with a .600 record.
That shows you just how quickly things can change in this short season.
But I think it speaks more to the maturity of this team and where they are heading.
They’re now firmly in a playoff spot and sitting pretty with one week left before the trade deadline.
Again, the team has done their part, now it’s time for the front office to do theirs.
There are two obvious areas of weakness on this team that need to be addressed before August 1.
I don’t doubt for a second that A.J. Preller is burning up the phone lines looking for the best possible deal out there — we all know he’s constantly involved in those conversations.
But just being involved in those conversations isn’t good enough anymore. We need to see action.
The Padres have a depth of talented prospects they can use in order to not only improve this team for the 2020 season but for the seasons to come as well.
We all know this is just the beginning for this team and we’re expecting much bigger things over the next several seasons, so don’t do anything to jeopardize that future.
But something does have to happen to fix the issues in the bullpen and at catcher. I don’t think it will be that expensive to at least make minor moves to upgrade those two areas.
It’s also a very unusual season and trade deadline. Most teams are still in the race with eight teams from each league making the postseason.
We may see teams wait until the last possible moment before deciding whether to buy or sell.
And some teams may not be willing to give up much in a season that could end at any moment.
One thing is for sure though, we know the Padres are buyers, and that’s a very comforting and satisfying thing to know as the trade deadline approaches.