3 moves the Padres can still make before spring training

The Padres have some work to do before pitchers and catchers report.

San Diego Padres executive A.J. Preller
San Diego Padres executive A.J. Preller / Sean M. Haffey/GettyImages
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The Padres can trade for a left-handed hitting outfielder

While Votto can bring a left-handed bat to the Padres lineup, you're not going to see him playing on the outfield grass. But the Padres do need to bring in a left-handed hitting outfielder. Currently, the Friars have only two outfielders on the 40-man roster.

Fernando Tatis Jr. would seem to have right field on lockdown, though there are whispers about the Padres possibly moving their Platinum Glove-winning outfielder to center field. That's where Preller needs to be selective about who he decides to target on the trade market.

While there are some left-handed hitting outfielders still available in free agency, outside of Cody Bellinger, none of them really move the needle and would be little more than a stopgap option. Eddie Rosario, David Peralta, and Jesse Winker aren't going to excite the Padres fanbase.

But perhaps Preller could work his magic and find a trade partner. The Miami Marlins have done very little this offseason. Could a player like Jazz Chisholm Jr. or Jesús Sánchez be on the trade block? JJ Bleday has fallen woefully short of expectations, but the Oakland A's seem to be selling off almost everything ahead of their move to Las Vegas. Could the Padres offer a change of scenery for the former first-round pick?

San Diego has done a good job of restocking the farm system after selling off so much over the past couple of years. But with players like Tatis, Manny Machado, and Xander Bogaerts under contract for the next decade, the Friars can't afford to rebuild. With few viable options on the free agent market, trading for left-handed hitting outfielder would be the best way for Preller to get the most bang for his buck.