Na Na Na Na, Na Na Na Na, Hey Hey Hey, Good Bye

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.

Alexi Amarista

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.

Possible in-house replacements:  Yangervis Solarte, Jace Peterson

Carlos Quentin

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

Will Venable

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.

Possible in-house replacements:  Abraham Almonte, Rymer Liriano, Reymond Fuentes

Yonder Alonso

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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  • Billy Lybarger

    I think Everth Cabrera needs to go too. He’s another that can’t stay healthy and forces Buddy to play Amarista. It is time to move forward with 3/4 of the infield. I just don’t know if all those positins can be addressed in one off-season.

    • USMC53

      But who’s the replacement (either in-house or free agent) if Cabrera goes?
      I definitely want Cabrera out of the leadoff spot (preferably hitting in 6, 7, or 8 hole), but he’s the only ML-caliber SS we have in the system, it seems.

      • pat

        As noted in another post, might as well play Peterson at short. We’re not going anywhere so who cares if he doesn’t hit? Get him experience now so he’ll be further along next season.

      • Billy Lybarger

        Jace Peterson for the rest of the season makes sense. Next Spring the team has to at least look at someone like JJ Hardy. Then down the road either Peterson is ready or Jose Rondon or Trea Turner progresses to MLB talent.

  • USMC53

    Must. Get. Rid. Of. Quentin!
    That dude is a drag on the entire franchise.
    AJ has to find a way to dump him.

  • pat

    Alonso should get one more shot next year to show whether he can stay healthy.

    • Billy Lybarger

      With another team.