The Padres also had an important offseason, xander bogaerts 11 year mega deal Matt Carpenter 2 year warranty included. These players lengthen a line-up that already had plenty of talent, with Bogaerts in particular building on existing strengths.
San Diego certainly didn’t need another infielder. Kim Ha-sun When Jake Cronenworth I would have done an effective pairing in the middle, Manny Machado Secure third base. Fernando Tatis Jr. Returning from his performance-enhancing drug suspension by the end of April, it was already expected to see many outfielders pay tribute to Kim and Cronenworth. Kim is on second base, Cronenworth on first base, and Tatis remains in the outfield most days.
Half-hearted talent is an enviable ‘problem’ as it gives them the ability to look to the trade market. To that end, Athletic’s Dennis Lin reports that the Padres are open to discussing center field with Kim. Trent GrishamLin adds that the organization has no interest in parting with Cronenworth, suggesting that a deal involving Grisham is more likely than sending Kim elsewhere.
Grisham has spent the last three years in San Diego.Obtained from Brewers on submitted transactions Luis Urias When Eric Lauer When he moved to Milwaukee in the 2019-20 offseason, he immediately entered as a center fielder for the Monks. Grisham has been shortened in 2020. During his season he played in 59 of 60 games and finished .251/.352/. I had my first season. He looked like a rising star, but his offense has slipped in the past few seasons.
Left-handed hitters will record .242/.327/.413 slashes in 2021, a production that matches the league average. 184/.284/.341 with 524 trips to plate last season, taking another step back. Grisham connected on 17 long balls and posted a steady 10.9% strides, but at least he had the worst batting average of any hitter in 500 at-bats. 231 on the ball he amassed had some bad luck, but there were also plenty of worrisome potential metrics.
Grisham struck out in 28.6% of his at-bats, the worst record of his career.that’s all Randal Grichuk With a lower line drive percentage than Grisham’s 13.5% mark (minimum 500 PA), his hard contact percentage was in the middle of the pack. Grisham, a left-handed pull hitter, may be able to benefit somewhat from shift restrictions going forward, but it’s unlikely to be a huge boost unless he reduces his strikeouts or improves his contact profile. .
Unfortunately, the 26-year-old remained a valuable part of San Diego’s lineup even in a disappointing offensive year. Grisham played over his 1100 innings in center field and won his second career Gold His Glove Award. Defensive runs saved rated him eight runs better than average, while Statcast rated him 12 runs above par. Combining excellent speed with quality reading and solid arm strength, Grisham’s glove has been a plus throughout his career.
Despite the worst offensive season of his career, Grisham will have considerable value in the trade market. With arbitration control three seasons left in him and MLBTR contributor Matt Swartz expecting his $2.6 million salary to be modest next year, he’s in a market hungry for quality center field options. , he will have enough charm. There are no free-agent center fielders left who are likely to play every day with a candidate. The trade market likewise lacks many obvious candidates. Royals are Michael A. Taylor The Twins are known to be open to deals Max Kepler. Brian Reynolds He has asked Pittsburgh to trade him, but the Pirates say they have no intention of lowering their hefty asking price.
Teams such as the Red Sox, Rockies, Rangers, Reds and Marlins are among the clubs looking for center field help. While this is true for the Dodgers, it’s hard to imagine San Diego trading anyone for his main NL West competitor.Lynn tells San Diego interest in Marlins starter Pablo Lopez We speculate that the Flyers could pitch Grisham to Miami with the help of a rotation.
Kim is finishing a better offensive season, so he should have stronger trade appeal. After struggling in his first MLB campaign, the former KBO star batted . It recorded .325/.383. Kim hit 11 homers and he hit 29 doubles, but he only hit 17.2% of the plate appearances. He also stole 12 bases on 14 attempts.
Like Grisham, Kim offers considerable value defensively. Injuries and suspensions for Tatis forced him into his first shortstop duties, and the 27-year-old looked like a Gold Glove-caliber center fielder. Statcast estimated that he was five runs above average. Kim was also rated as a positive defender at second and third base during the 2021 campaign.
Jumping from South Korea during the 2020-21 offseason, Kim earned a four-year $25MM guarantee. He will pay just $17 million over the next two seasons (including a mutual option buyout in 2025) and will return to free agency after the ’24 campaign. It’s a great value for players who have reached their prime and are in their prime.
As with center field, the center field market is pretty depleted at this stage of the offseason.Assumption Carlos Correa The top free agent remaining under contract with the Mets is Elvis Andrus and player like Hanzer Albert When Jose IglesiasThe obvious deal potential is sparse again.favorite player Amed Rosario, Jorge Mateo Also Nick Madrigal You can deal with it, but it’s not always possible. Boston, Atlanta, Minnesota, the Angels, and the White Sox are among the teams that could ask for an upgrade in his one of the midfield infield spots.
Of course, there is no urgency for San Diego to deal with Grisham or Kim. Both players are affordable and now built into everyday roles. Padres president of baseball operations AJ Preller told Athletic’s Ken Rosenthal last week that the team’s “intent” is due to “the flexibility and versatility it gives our team.” According to Lynn’s report, they’re not completely committed to that policy, but at least they’re offered the opportunity to upgrade elsewhere on the roster. If
The reverse side of the rotation is like a question mark, Nick Martinez When Seth Lugo Scheduled for the 4th and 5th spots behind Joe Musgrove, Blake Snell When With DarvishOnly Musgrove is guaranteed to be around next season and beyond. Snell and Darvish will be free agents at the end of the year, while Martinez and Lugo will be able to opt out of multi-year deals (but only if, in Martinez’s case, the team first rejects his two-year option). The club could also consider upgrading the catcher or adding another bat to the corner outfield/first base mix.
The organization’s farm system has thinned significantly in recent seasons as it packaged many layers for the Impact Trade acquisition. Perhaps easier to trade off MLB rosters in the right circumstances.young catcher Luis Campusano While he seems like a candidate for such a move on paper given his strong-looking pedigree, Lynn reportedly said trade interest in the 24-year-old isn’t particularly strong at the moment. ing.