The Padres can bolster the rotation with one more free agent signing
Here's where the Padres can dip into the free agent market. With so many talented young starters in the San Diego farm system, the Padres just need another arm to help bridge the gap. No, Padres fans shouldn't expect to see a pitcher like Jordan Montgomery sign with San Diego, but there are other starters who could make sense on a one-year contract.
Hyun-Jin Ryu is still on the market, and probably represents the best left-handed starter remaining on the market not named Blake Snell. Michael Lorenzen, who's been linked to the Padres in the past, is also still available in free agency.
Currently, the Padres rotation would likely feature Joe Musgrove, Yu Darvish, Michael King, Pedro Avila, and Randy Vasquez. While the front end of the rotation looks promising, the back end would seem to be lacking. The Padres also have Jhony Brito, Glenn Otto, and Jairo Iriarte looking to secure a spot in the rotation this spring, but there's definitely a need to add depth in this area.
Starting pitching has become incredibly expensive, and with the Padres seemingly pinching pennies this offseason, finding some value in the mid-tier market is the best approach for the San Diego front office.
The Padres have done a good job this offseason of adding to the bullpen, but they'll be exhausted from overuse by Aug. 1 if there are no more additions to the starting rotation. Before the well dries up completely, the Pads need to add a free agent starter to the roster.