Why is this happening? Is this gonna be forever?

After being snubbed by both Pablo Sandoval (BOS) and Yasmany Tomas (ARI) the Padres offseason looked to be just more of the same — overpromising and under-delivering — by the time the Winter Meetings started.

It was even reported that the new GM A.J. Preller’s laptop was broken right before the meetings started.  Out came the “Padres are too cheap to even replace a computer” jokes.

Padres’ fans started to show their frustration.  We all knew what this team needed to do, but it seemed that Preller was just like the old GM.  Refusing to drink the iced coffee instead of trying to upgrade the roster with quality players.

It was beginning to look like an almost exact repeat of the previous two offseasons, with only Brandon Morrow and Clint Barmes added as free agents for “roster depth.”

Clint Barmes

Padres sign IF Clint Barmes to a one-year, $1.5 million deal with a club option ($2 million or $200k buyout) for 2016

C’mon.  After Everth Cabrera was DFA, you didn’t really think the Padres were going to put all their faith in Alexi Amarista at shortstop, did you?  Although. Barmes is basically Amarista without the outfield experience.  He was basically signed for infield backup and as a veteran presence.

Why Clint Barmes?

Brandon Morrow

Padres sign RHP Brandon Morrow to a one-year, $2.5 million deal (with incentives)

Tim Stauffer Part Deaux, is what it boils down to.  Doesn’t cost much and if he doesn’t crack the rotation he’ll be the long reliever, most likely.

Brandon Morrow looking to make comeback with Padres

Then, the last day of the Winter Meetings happened.  And that all changed.  Big time.


Here’s a summary of all the major moves the Padres have made so far this offseason since the Barmes and Morrow signings, with links to articles and stories analyzing each move.

Derek Norris

Padres acquire C Derek Norris, RHP Seth Streich, and international bonus slot 117 ($144,100) from the Oakland A’s for RHP Jesse Hahn and RHP R.J. Alvarez

SacBunt Dustin’s analysis

Selling High On Derek Norris

Why Did the Oakland Athletics Trade Derek Norris?

Jesse Hahn a potential valuable piece for Oakland Athletics

Wil Myers

Padres receive: OF Wil Myers ( from TB), C Ryan Hanigan (TB), RHP Gerardo Reyes (TB), and LHP Jose Castillo (TB)
Rays receive: C Rene Rivera (SD), RHP Burch Smith (SD), 1B Trevor Bauers (SD), OF Steven Souza (WAS), and LHP Travis Ott (WAS)
Nationals receive: RHP Joe Ross (SD) and SS Trea Turner (SD) as a player-to-be-named-nowlater

SacBunt Dustin’s analysis

Breaking Down the Prospects in the Wil Myers Trade

Matt Kemp

Padres acquire OF Matt Kemp, C Tim Federowicz, and $32 million in cash from the Los Angeles Dodgers for C Yasmani Grandal, RHP Joe Wieland, and RHP Zach Eflin

SacBunt Dustin’s analysis

Ducksnorts’ analysis

Matt Kemp and the Petco Park Problem

Justin Upton

Padres acquire OF Justin Upton and RHP Aaron Northcraft from Atlanta Braves for LHP Max Fried, 2B/SS Jace Peterson, 3B Dustin Peterson, and OF Mallex Smith

SacBunt Dustin’s analysis

Breaking Down the Prospects in the Justin Upton Trade

Will Middlebrooks

Padres acquire 3B Will Middlebrooks for C Ryan Hanigan

SacBunt Dustin’s analysis

Will Middlebrooks Trade Just As Big As Others For San Diego Padres

Josh Johnson

Padres sign RHP Josh Johnson to a one-year, $1 million deal (with incentives)

Sources: Josh Johnson agrees to incentive-laden, one-year deal with Padres

Other articles

Free Trea Turner: Old rule keeps Nats’ PTBN with Padres till June

Projecting the ‘New’ Padres

Foreshadowing the Padres Spending Spree



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