Offseason In Review: San Diego Padres

The Padres are next in our Offseason In Review series.

Major League Signings

  • Jon Garland, SP: one year, $5.3MM.  Includes $6.75MM mutual option for 2011 with a $300-600K buyout.
  • Jerry Hairston Jr., IF/OF: one year, $2.125MM.
  • Yorvit Torrealba, C: one year, $1.25MM.  Includes $3.5MM mutual option for 2011 with a $500K buyout.
  • Total spend: $8.675MM.

Notable Minor League Signings

Trades and Claims

Notable Losses

Summary

Jed Hoyer's tenure as Padres GM kicked off quietly, with a November 25th waiver claim of pitcher Radhames Liz.  Hoyer went on to spend $8.675MM for three free agents and make one big trade.  Let's take a look.

Hoyer added free agents Garland, Jerry Hairston Jr., and Torrealba on reasonably-priced one-year deals.  The affordable trio should have a small amount of trade value, in contrast to overpaid veterans like Jason Marquis, Ivan Rodriguez, and Kevin Millwood.  We've seen varying approaches by rebuilding clubs this winter – the Nationals and Orioles spent about $30MM, the Padres, Blue Jays, and Pirates spent $8-10MM, and the Indians spent less than $3MM.

The Scott Hairston acquisition was a lateral move, as the Padres and A's were looking to fill different needs.  Kouzmanoff has one more year of team control than Hairston, a possible point in Oakland's favor assuming these players aren't eventually non-tendered.   It's difficult to predict the outcome of the Sogard-Cunningham portion of the deal.

Hoyer has the Adrian Gonzalez situation on the horizon, but in the short-term he's likely to see how the team performs for the season's first three months.  The Padres project to have a terrible offense, possibly the worst in the NL.  Their pitching may be better than you realize, with a slew of guys capable of ERAs in the low 4.00s and Mat Latos bringing #1 starter stuff.  To contend in 2010, the Padres would need breakout years from Chase Headley and Kyle Blanks and quality bats added to the offense in midseason trades.