3 Padres players we'll be glad are gone in 2024 and 2 we will wish stayed

Not all of the Padres' losses this offseason are going to hurt as much as you would think.
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If you look across the entire league, the San Diego Padres are, without question, the team that lost the most in terms of offseason roster turnover. When a team trades away an MVP candidate from their lineup, in addition to losing 60% of their rotation (including the reigning NL Cy Young winner AND arguably the best reliever in baseball), that is pretty rough.

The reasons why those changes happened are well documented at this point, considering the state of the team's finances and subsequent payroll constraints this offseason, but it is time to look forward. While the Padres certainly lost a lot this offseason, not all of those departures are locks to end up being a bad thing for the team in the short and long-term. Maybe that is just wishful thinking, but there are positives to take away from how things have gone down.

With that in mind, here are some of the Padres' departures that may end up being blessings for San Diego, as well as a couple departing players who are going to be truly missed in 2024.

Keeping Gary Sánchez in San Diego would have been a mistake

Given his track record, Gary Sánchez's time in San Diego in 2023 was a pleasant surprise other than when he fractured his wrist after a hit by pitch in September. He came to the team after being claimed off of waivers and promptly hit 19 homers in 72 games while being excellent defensively at catcher. Waiver claims normally don't work out nearly that well, and it was truly a bummer when he got hurt.

The problem with keeping Sánchez would have been two-fold, however. One, Sánchez's track record is extremely questionable overall. Even if one thought that he could stay healthy, which would have been a big IF as a 31-year-old catcher, his hit tool was so bad from 2018-2022 that he struggled to stick on any team despite having the most raw power of any catcher out there and being a sound defender.

The other issue is that the Padres have to figure out their long-term future at catcher. Luis Campusano is already looking like he will get a real shot to play behind the plate, and top prospect Ethan Salas is coming up very, very fast. Giving Sánchez the $7 million he got from the Brewers (after narrowly clearing their physical exam) feels like it would have been a waste, given San Diego's depth at the position, and could have set them back in the long run.