The power of hope is a curious thing. —Probably not Huey Lewis

You’re Bathing in It

It seems like a lifetime ago that Padres fans were bathing in hope after new GM A.J. Preller rebuilt the organization in his own image. The entire process captivated us in a way that the Padres seldom do.

Tired of the same old “be smart with limited resources” conservatism favored by previous regimes that yielded sporadic incremental improvement but failed to push the franchise into respectability or capture the public’s imagination, fans embraced this new, bold way of operating. People remembered how to be excited about the local baseball team again, or perhaps in some cases for the first time.

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Prellercated (adj.) exhausted from A.J. Preller’s activity – “That Middlebrooks trade has me Prellercated. Pass the Sculpin.”

Padres GM A.J. Preller has been a busy fellow. While the Internet analyzes his trades to death (let that sink in for a moment: the baseball world is talking about the Padres), he continues to reshape this team in ways that hardly seemed possible even a few weeks ago.

The home team remained quiet throughout the Winter Meetings, and fans assumed more status quo. Then, on December 18 and 19, this happened:

Out In
RHP R.J. Alvarez LHP Jose Castillo
1B Jake Bauers C Tim Federowicz
RHP Zach Eflin RF Matt Kemp
LHP Max Fried 3B Will Middlebrooks
C/1B Yasmani Grandal CF Wil Myers
RHP Jesse Hahn C Derek Norris
3B Dustin Peterson RHP Aaron Northcraft
UT Jace Peterson RHP Gerardo Reyes
C Rene Rivera RHP Seth Streich
RHP Joe Ross LF Justin Upton
RHP Burch Smith International Bonus Slot 117
CF Mallex Smith $32 million
SS Trea Turner
RHP Joe Wieland

Preller moved both of his catchers, his no. 4 starter, and a boatload of farmhands for two new catchers, three new outfielders, a third baseman, four young arms, and money from a division rival. Paradigms have shifted.

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