Predicting the biggest free-agent regrets of the Padres’ offseason

Jul 24, 2021; Cleveland, Ohio, USA; Tampa Bay Rays designated hitter Nelson Cruz (23) flies out against the Cleveland Indians in the ninth inning at Progressive Field. Mandatory Credit: David Richard-USA TODAY Sports
Jul 24, 2021; Cleveland, Ohio, USA; Tampa Bay Rays designated hitter Nelson Cruz (23) flies out against the Cleveland Indians in the ninth inning at Progressive Field. Mandatory Credit: David Richard-USA TODAY Sports /
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Kris Bryant
Oct 14, 2021; San Francisco, California, USA; San Francisco Giants center fielder Kris Bryant (23) hits an infield single against the Los Angeles Dodgers during the second inning in game five of the 2021 NLDS at Oracle Park. Mandatory Credit: Neville E. Guard-USA TODAY Sports /

3. Kris Bryant

Kris Bryant plays more than half of the defensive positions, so he would bring depth to any baseball diamond, plus he’s quite a slugger.

And unlike Nelson Cruz, who spent all but one year of his 17-year career in the American League, Bryant has spent his entire 7-year career in the National League. He has a lifetime .278/.376/.504 line and .880 OPS, and averages 31 home runs per 162 games.

For a Padres squad that’s been dealing with plenty of injuries, Bryant’s heartiness would be a welcome change; he’s played 144+ games in five of his six seasons (excluding the 60-game 2020 season). And, he has experience at third and first base, as well as all three outfield spots. Who wouldn’t want all that on their team?

Bryant ended up signing in the division, just not with the Padres. He got a blockbuster deal from the Colorado Rockies, of all teams.

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