Sunday, December 5, 2010

Just how bad are the Padres going to be in 2010?

The dust has settled, and Adrian Gonzalez has left the building.  He leaves a massive hole, and a lineup that was already below average.  The Padres were a huge surprise in 2010, winning 90 games.  The pitching flat-out carried them in 2010, and it looks like it will have to again in 2011.  Take a look at my projected Padres lineup, as of right now:

CF Cameron Maybin(.234, 8 HR, 28 RBI's)
RF Will Venable(.245, 13 HR's, 51 RBI's)
LF Ryan Ludwick(.251, 17 HR's 69 RBI's)
3B Chase Headley(.264, 11 HR's 58 RBI's)
1B Kyle Blanks(.157, 3 HR's 15 RBI's)
C Nick Hundley(.249, 8 HR's, 43 RBI's)
2B Jarrett Hoffpauir(.206, 0 HR's 0 RBI's)
SS Everth Cabrera(.208, 1 HR, 22 RBI's)

Taking a look at this lineup, as of right now, and it maybe the worst I have ever seen assembled.  Don't panic just yet, as Jed Hoyer will almost certainly look at upgrades through free agency and trades.  Their rotation looks much more settled, and I believe their pitching staff has the potential to be every bit as good at it was last year.  Let's take a look at some potential free agent targets for the Padres.

  • Russell Branyan(.237, 25 HR's, 57 RBI's):  A little long in the tooth at 35, but still can hit 20 bombs.  Could hold on the fort until Kyle Blanks, or the newly acquired Anthony Rizzo is ready.
  • Ty Wiggington(.248, 22 HR's, 76 RBI's):  The Padres like local talent, and Wiggington hails from Chula Vista.  Has power, and the versatilety to play all over the infield.
  • Orlando Cabrera(.263, 4 HR's 42 RBI's):  The long-time shortstop shouldn't cost too much, is a below average bat, and is an average defender.  Sounds like a fit to me.
My hope is that the Padres try to improve with trades, perhaps flipping Anthony Rizzo for Milwaukee second baseman Brett Lawrie.  Mat Latos will be there, at least.  2011 will be rough folks.

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