The San Diego Padres haven’t made the postseason since 2007, but may be well on their way.
The team signed future Hall of Fame third basemen Manny Machado to a 10-year, $300 million contract in an attempt to be a contending team for years to come.
General manager A.J. Preller also signed veteran second basemen Ian Kinsler to a two-year deal to be a utility infielder.
That move occurred because young phenom Fernando Tatis Jr. was supposed to start the season in Triple-A El Paso. He was going to stay there until mid-April when the team can get an extra year of control of him before he hits free agency, however, the team goes into the season with the best 25 guys, and Tatis is one of them.
Luis Urias was projected to be the Opening Day shortstop, but he wasn’t able to produce offensively and at shortstop, so Tatis Jr. came up and he was sent down.
The Padres are not projected to be contending until 2021 when they have a great rotation including prospects like MacKenzie Gore and Logan Allen.
Chris Paddack is the club’s top pitching prospect, and he made his major league debut on Sunday at Petco Park. He pitched 7 innings, giving up just two hits and one earned run and struck out seven hitters to lead San Diego to their third win of the season.
Eric Hosmer and Wil Myers should have great comeback years after having rough 2018 seasons. They will be aided by the threat of Manny Machado in the lineup, so they will get better pitches to hit.
Manager Andy Green should be in the hot seat after having three losing seasons since he was hired back in 2016. He now has more weapons in the lineup like Tatis Jr. and Machado in addition to an improved rotation that will include Eric Lauer, Joey Lucchesi, and Chris Paddack.
Green believes his club will contend this season just like the Brewers were able to do last season. “People think we still have some things to do before we’re fully formed, but the Brewers weren’t fully formed in the rotation last year, and they were playing all the way through the postseason. It’s a good club now.”
They opened the season with a win against the Giants as Wil Myers homered off Madison Bumgarner. In Game 2, Ian Kinsler was able to hit his first home run of the season to give the Padres their second win of the year.
The Giants won Game 3 by a score of 3-2, but Paddack shined in his debut propelling San Diego to their third win of the season in the series finale on Sunday.
As of this writing, the Padres sit in second place in the National League West behind the Los Angeles Dodgers.
The Padres should surprise a lot of people this year and will be well on their way to contending in the very near future.