What if I told you there was a team, so out of contention, so deep in their rebuild, so lost in their long term plan for dominance that they could land the top two free agents in the game?
Would you believe me?
What if I told you there is a team primed to be solid for years to come? A team that not long ago, released a team calendar with more 9 of the 12 months featuring players no longer on the team?
The Padres currently projected to have an O
And after this year, the Padres will be dropping almost $20 million dollars in dead payroll, freeing up money to pay for two studs.
Sure, it’s a gamble for the Padres, but if they are truly attempting to rebuild for the future, they can fast track their success with both players.
- C- Austin Hedges
- 1B – Eric Hosmer
- 2B – Ian Kinsler
- 3B – Wil Myers
- SS – Manny Machado
- LF – Hunter Renfroe
- CF – Manuel Margot
- RF – Bryce Harper
THAT, ladies and gentlemen, is one hell of a lineup.
A lot of pundits and fans have been asking the “Who would sign a player to a ten-year contract?”, and I think that’s a very valid question. However, on the flip side of that question is, “What does a player want in a 10-year deal besides money?”
Perhaps a team that’s close to winning, with a solid foundation built around young, homegrown players? One that plays in a city that’s ready to fully embrace the only major professional sports team to play for them?
That’s the San Diego Padres.
The Padres are a young team, with their average age of
26.9 coming in as the third lowest in the league. With Joey Lucchesi, Eric Lauer and Luis Perdomo all still in the early to mid-twenties, the Padres pitching staff alone looks to be solid for years. Add Mackenzie Gore, Chris Paddock, and Adrian Morejon waiting in the wings, that rotation seems immortal.
With a farm system like that, a long term contract would mean playing with solid, young ballplayers, creating a cohesive team dynamic for years to come. And if you’re Harper or Machado, it means being the centerpiece to a franchise on the rise.
It’s only a matter of time before the fireworks really begin at PetCo Park. And Harper and Machado could be the reason to light them off.
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