3 Padres players who won't be on the roster by June 1st
As we reach the end of the month of May, the San Diego Padres have yet to get going. At 21-26, the Padres sit in fourth in the NL West and are eight games back of the first-place Dodgers. Things have to get going quickly.
The talent is there. We know that. The players here, with few exceptions, are simply underperforming. Some of the players underperforming we're starting to lose a lot of patience with.
Roster changes are inevitable, and we'll see some before June arrives. I'd love to see a big shake-up, but that won't happen until closer to the trade deadline. In the meantime, smaller moves will be made. It's hard to envision these three players lasting here until June.
1) Padres utility man Brandon Dixon won't be on the roster by June 1st
With Manny Machado on the Injured List, Brandon Dixon got the call in his place. It's Dixon's second stint on the team this season. He's gone hitless in six at-bats since his recall, and has two hits in 18 at-bats overall.
Dixon provides a ton of versatility, with the ability to play first base, second base, third base, and both corner outfield spots. This comes in handy in a 162-game season, but if he doesn't produce, that versatility is rather meaningless. Dixon hasn't done anything of meaning at the MLB level since the 2019 season.
Dixon has options, and will continue to find his way up and down going from El Paso to San Diego and vice versa. He's a fine depth piece to have, but when Machado comes back, I'd imagine Dixon goes back down.
Machado could be back as soon as this weekend at Yankee Stadium. Even if that doesn't happen, it certainly sounds like he'll be back before June 1. If and when that happens, a position player has to go down. Dixon feels like the obvious odd-man out.