Ex-Padres outfielder Tommy Pham has ideal response to readiness questions

Tommy Pham gets ready by staying ready.
San Diego Padres left fielder Tommy Pham (28)
San Diego Padres left fielder Tommy Pham (28) / Orlando Ramirez-USA TODAY Sports

Former San Diego Padres outfielder Tommy Pham, who's still a free agent, has never been one to shy away from telling people exactly what's on his mind. Whether it's beat reporters, opposing players, or fans, Pham is sure to give everyone an honest answer.

So it should come as no shock that Pham didn't pull any punches in response to a question on social media. A user on Twitter tagged Pham in a question saying, "when would Tommy Pham be able to start playing assuming he signed sometime soon?"

Pham's responded with two words: "next day." Obviously, the former Padres slugger is just waiting for his opportunity, and had been linked to the Friars earlier this offseason. To date, nothing has materialized.

Former Padres OF Tommy Pham is ready to play ball

Pham spent two seasons in San Diego, and while there was a measure of the off-the-field controversy during his time in the Padres organization, the outfielder had his moments. Pham hit .226/.335/.370 in 186 games with the Friars from 2020-2021.

Last season, Pham began the year with the New York Mets. But the Mets began to unload their talent at the trade deadline. Justin Verlander joined the Houston Astros, Max Scherzer was shipped to the Texas Rangers, and Pham landed in the desert with the Arizona Diamondbacks.

Pham hit .256/.328/.446 with 16 home runs and 68 RBI in 2023, and was a key piece of the D-backs run to the World Series. Pham became a free agent this past winter, and has yet to find a home.

Jackson Merrill has played extremely well to start his career, and the Padres have Fernando Tatis Jr. in right field. If the Padres and Pham come to terms on an agreement, it's possible that he and Jurickson Profar could share time in left field. But the rumors of a potential reunion have died down since the season began.

The Padres were looking to sign Pham to a one-year contract just a few weeks back. If the offer still stands, it sounds like Pham will be able to take the field before the ink is dry. It's your move, A.J. Preller.

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