3 positions the Padres need to upgrade by the trade deadline
By Rylie Smith
San Diego Padres first base/DH
First base is an area the Padres need some growth. Eric Hosmer and Luke Voit are currently the first basemen and are underperforming in the lineup.
Hosmer is hitting .272/.329/.387 with an isolated power of .115. His strikeout rate (16.8 percent) is good, but his walk rate (7.9 percent) is just below average. He’s mainly been in the lineup as first baseman, whereas Voit has mainly been the designated hitter.
Voit is significantly underperforming compared to previous seasons. In 2020 with the New York Yankees, he had an isolated power of .333. Now, it’s down to .195. His strikeout rate (33.7 percent) is the highest it’s been in his career. His walk rate (11.4 percent), however, is above average. He’s hitting .229/.318/.424.
There aren’t any known trade rumors at first base yet, but it could be a position worth upgrading.