The trading deadline came, went and welcome to San Diego chill.
With plenty of weapons to remake a disappointing club, the Padres went peace sign.
A chance for the team’s sustainable future vanished and are we sure the rock star general manager was on the stage?
A.J. Preller surrendered on a silent count. Instead of shaking up baseball’s landscape, he went status quo. Or is it status woe?
That’s to be determined and yes we got goose bumps from Thursday’s unlikely, thrilling victory over the Mets, too. But are the last 14 games, of which the Padres have won 10, fool’s gold. Did a team which is finally showing its mettle, muddle up the future?
We get the Padres couldn’t strip down and sell a do-over stacked with prospects to a skeptical fan base. It’s fun having a lineup with names people recognize.
But Preller’s squad started the day eight games out of first, seven-and-half from a wildcard berth and four teams serving as obstacles.
We dig going all in, but wasn’t this where you stop digging your hole? Or does the swap of outfielder Abraham Almonte for Cleveland reliever Marc Rzepczynski move your needle?
The Padres need a shortstop — still do.
The Padres need a center fielder — still do.
The Padres need a leadoff hitter — still do.
The Padres need left-handed bats — still do.
The Padres need seeds for a fallow farm system — see above.
With such a wish list an eager major league baseball turned its eyes to the USA’s cul-de-sac. How would Preller turn this San Diego baby around.
Instead Preller double-downed on a strategy that’s delivered the league’s most shutouts and shouts out from detractors.
Preller made his mark by being bold in the offseason and that brought with it some rough patches. Otherwise, Preller’s isn’t on manager No. 2, before his full No. 1 season is complete.
But Preller went blasé on Thursday, despite holding cards like impending free agents Justin Upton, Ian Kennedy, Joaquin Benoit and Will Venable.
Preller was good about reshaping the Padres in relinquishing 11 of their top 30 prospects. The future beat a path out of town during the offseason. Please know, it didn’t circle back at the deadline.
Despite Thursday being another splendid San Diego afternoon, there was that San Diego chill.
Preller kicked back, content to kick most the tires on deals he didn’t prefer.
Time to hit the lights, as the rock star GM passed on a creative encore.
Annie Heilbrunn reports on the (non) moves moments after trade deadline passed.