We continue looking at the 30 MLB teams as they head into the 2021 season. And on this piece, we examine The State of the San Diego Padres.
Fernando Tatis Jr Extension
We begin examining the 2021 San Diego Padres with the extension to their franchise-altering player Fernando Tatis Jr. Tatis Jr is an otherworldly entertaining player. His flair for the dramatic and his overall baseball ability are both off the charts. The Padres have seemingly found the tree in their backyard where money comes from because they are offering a lot of big-time contracts. And Fernando’s is just another in that line. Fernanado Tatis Jr will be in Sunny San Diego for the next 14 seasons, and Padres fans couldn’t be happier.
Keone Kela & Mark Melancon Signings
The signings of Keone Kela and Mark Melancon are interesting moves by San Diego. Kela and Melancon haven’t had the greatest reputation. But both relievers are likely to pitch significant and high-leverage innings for the Padres.
Resigning Jurickson Profar
Resigning Jurickson Profar will go down as one of the better offseason moves for the Padres. Profar’s versatility is something that maximizes his value. Especially now because the Nationals League will revert to pitchers hitting in 2021. Having a player in the roster capable of playing multiple positions is a luxury most teams do not possess.
Ha-Seong Kim Signing
San Diego continued their busy offseason bringing in the KBO star Ha-Seong Kim. Kim played shortstop in the KBO but will shift over to second base for the Padres. Kim’s ability to put the bat on the ball will also help the Padres offensively because they have a team full of sluggers, making Kim even more valuable.
Trading for Yu Darvish, Blake Snell, & Joe Musgrove
Now, it’s in the pitching department that’s the San Diego Padres made the most noise. San Diego would acquire the services of Yu Darvish, Blake Snell, and Joe Musgrove. These actions signaled to the baseball world (and more specifically, the Dodgers) that San Diego wasn’t playing around this season.
State of the Rotation
As we just mentioned, the Padres made huge splashes in the starting pitching market this offseason. This also comes after acquiring Mike Clevinger last season. (Clevinger will miss the 2021 season recovering from Tommy John Surgery.) However, despite the loss of Clevinger for 2021, the Padres rotation looks dangerous. The aforementioned Darvish, Musgrove, and Snell will join Dinelson Lamet. And while Lamet likely won’t be ready until the middle of April, Lamet had a breakdown showing in 2020. This rotation will be a very intriguing staff to watch in 2021.
State of the Bullpen
When it comes to the Padres bullpen, there are some names of note. And for San Diego to be successful in their attempt to dethrone the longstanding and reigning NL West champion Dodgers, they will need that bullpen to lock things down.
State of the Offense
Offensively, this San Diego team is a juggernaut. Fernando Tatis Jr is one of the most exciting players in baseball. Add in the always controversial Manny Machado, the laid-back Wil Myers, and Eric Hosmer, and that’s just a few of the superstar names that find themselves on this San Diego roster. However, San Diego also has some guys in the roster that won’t get a lot of attention that are spectacular players, guys like Jake Cronenworth, Tommy Pham, Austin Nola, and Trent Grisham. This offense will give the Dodgers a run for their money in the NL West race in 2021.
State of the Franchise
The state of the San Diego Padres is in a phenomenal place. This team is poised to be a postseason threat for several years to come. They have a super dynamic offense and a starting rotation that few teams can match. Add in also having arguably the new face of Major League Baseball in Fernando Tatis Jr, and you have the makings of a great story in 2021 if the Padres can dethrone the big bad Los Angeles Dodgers.
Looming Threat of Mike Clevinger
Now, the Padres have a serious looming threat in 2022 with the return of Mike Clevinger. Adding Clevinger back into this San Diego rotation makes it even more dangerous and intimidating for all National League teams. If San Diego wins the World Series in 2021, they will have even more reinforcements coming in 2022, and that’s a scary thought.