There’s about a month and a half remaining in the 2014 Padres’ season. Barring a miracle of biblical proportions, the Friars will not be playing in the postseason. Sorry, folks. It has to be said. But I think you all know that. Well, most of you do anyway.
New GM A.J. Preller has some interesting decisions to make on players in the offseason. Do the Padres stand pat and keep them or does Preller clean house and start anew? Will ownership give him the resources (money) to go out and replace players on the roster with better ones? Or do the Padres have replacements waiting in the wings already?
I came up with a short list of position players I think the Padres should just show the door and go in a different direction. I think you’ll agree with me on most of them. As far as replacements, I have to just assume the Padres are going with in-house candidates, as the upcoming free agent market is looking rather sparse.
Yes, he can play a bunch of positions defensively. The problem is he doesn’t necessarily play any defensive position particularly well. My disdain for Amarista as an outfielder is well-documented. He has been serviceable at shortstop with Everth Cabrera on the disabled list, but until someone better shows up I’d rather see Cabrera there. And he hits like my 92-year old grandmother wearing a blindfold. Even a blind grandmother will connect with one once in a while.
Face it, his knees won’t let him be a contributing member of the Padres, and I think he’s managed to hobble his way out of playing as a DH for an American League team as well. So it comes down to either eating his contract and cutting him or convincing him retirement is his best option. Either way, I’m over seeing Quentin wasting a roster spot with little to no production.
Obvious in-house replacement: Seth Smith
Mr. August. That’s what some have started calling Venable. It seems like as soon as the trade deadline comes and goes, Venable starts playing like an MVP. I’m not convinced it isn’t a secret plan between Venable and his agent to avoid being traded.
Unlike Vocal Minority Nate and others, it actually pains me to say this. I like Alonso. He seems to genuinely enjoy living in San Diego and playing for the Padres. He has improved defensively since coming here in that trade with the Reds. The problem is his hitting.
When he’s healthy, that is.
Okay, that’s two problems.
Obvious in-house replacement: Tommy Medica
What say you? Disagree with me? Or is there someone else I neglected to mention? Go ahead and leave it in the comments.
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