That much is clear.
To everyone’s surprise, Preller completely reshaped the Padres roster this past offseason. He added big names in Matt Kemp, Justin Upton, James Shields, and Craig Kimbrel. He added young, promising talent in Wil Myers and Derek Norris.
He gave up a lot to make it happen, took on some serious cash, and no one saw it coming.
However, with the Padres not living up to expectations, the logical move, many thought, was to retool and restock at the trade deadline
Preller didn’t budge. No one saw that coming.
There are two ways we can look at this. First, Preller stayed the course with his current roster because he truly believes a run at the Wild Card is possible, however unlikely. Secondly, he waited too long to make a deal happen and the market dissipated.
I like that he didn’t trade any players away for the wrong price. But, I do not like that he didn’t find the right price. He waited too long.
It’s his job to make the Padres better, all day, every day so long as he is general manager. He didn’t do that before the deadline.
This team needs help, particularly up the middle and Preller didn’t address that. Trading for reliever Marc Rzepczynski was a good move. The team desperately needed a lefty out of the bullpen, but it’s not going to be the difference in making the Padres a playoff caliber team.
Look, I love that ownership is all in on building a winning club. They’re just not doing it the right way.
A predominately right-handed lineup, coupled with a shaky defense, is why this team has struggled, and now it will continue to be a problem for the Padres the rest of the season.
It’s like starting a NASCAR race with what you think is a fast car, you notice there’s a problem with the tires, and when its time to pit, you don’t change them.
Doesn’t make any sense.
But that’s the thing with Preller, he’s unpredictable and you’re not sure of his strategy. Maybe it’s a good thing, maybe it’s not.
Maybe ownership WILL fork up the cash to re-sign Justin Upton. Who knows? Would it really be that surprising after everything that’s happened with the Padres since Preller took over as general manager?
That’s a serious question.
The point is, no one knows what Preller is doing or is going to do.
Hopefully he does.
Andrew Burer (TWITTER: @andrewburer)