San Diego Padres Quiet at Trading Deadline

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.

He didn’t shed bloated contracts of Craig Kimbrel and James Shields. He’s still on the hook for Melvin Upton Jr. and Jedd Gyorko’s coin and so much for financial flexibility.

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.


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Annie Heilbrunn reports on the (non) moves moments after trade deadline passed.



One thought on “San Diego Padres Quiet at Trading Deadline

  1. Mike Czysz

    You “sports experts” at 1090 should first of all apologize to your listeners as once again you have tried to make the news not report the news. I don’t recall any quotes from the Padres organization commenting on potential players to be traded. All of those so called facts were reported by 1090 on air celebrities, and other insiders who have no more actual knowledge or information than I do. Now you are blaming the Padres for not helping your news to come true. Perhaps you should report the news and not try to make the news. This all started last winter when the media and the fans, admittedly with the help of the Padres, had a “SUPER HYPE” about the Padres being in pennant contention with the addition of the new players. Many in the know about these players, many of them name players on the downside of their career, commented about the excessive strikeouts, base running (speed) and poor defense of this team. The pitching has not been what i and others expected but much of that is on the defense. OK mighty 1090 admit you made a big mistake and fess up to it putting the blame on yourselves and the rest of the media and not the Padres.

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