10) Padres infielder Garrett Cooper will not be back in 2024
The trade the Padres made to acquire Hill and Choi wound up being nothing short of disastrous, but the trade for Garrett Cooper didn't age so poorly. Cooper was the primary first baseman for the Padres down the stretch and was alright, slashing .239/.323/.402 with four home runs and 15 RBI in 117 at-bats.
Cooper has been a pretty good hitter throughout his career primarily with the Marlins, but has simply not stayed healthy. The 123 games he played this season set a new career high for him, but he has just two other seasons in his seven-year career in which he's reached 100 games played. That makes him a hard player to commit to. I think Cooper is a fine option at first base if the Padres go that route, I just don't see it happening.
11) Padres pitcher Drew Pomeranz will not be back in 2024
Drew Pomeranz underwent flexor tendon surgery in 2021 and is still trying to fight his way back from it. He had an outstanding year in 2021 and had solidified himself as one of the best left-handed relievers in the game before the injury. He was able to make it back for three rehab appearances and threw three hitless innings before being shut down with elbow discomfort.
It's a sad story for Pomeranz who just can't seem to find his way back. He's set to be a free agent this offseason and could return on a low-risk high-reward deal (I'd love that) but the Padres haven't really done those kinds of deals in the past.