Padres 2009: Don’t look now, it’s getting worse!

Team 3 for 2009, the Padres.

It hasn’t been that long since the Padres playoff hopes were dashed by a 90 yard sprint:
Holliday Slide Pictures, Images and Photos
What happened since? Eleven of the team’s 12 free agents for 2008 left, including Mike Cameron, Milton Bradley and Marcus Giles, helping to prompt a 63-99 2008 season. During that excruciating marathon, the team parted with Greg Maddux, Tad Iguchi, Tony Clark, and several other key veteran pieces.

Then came the bombshell:

Trevor Hoffman Padres Pictures, Images and Photos

2009 marks the first season since August 1993 that Hoffman won’t be wearing a Padres uniform. Instead, “Hells Bells” will be chiming in Milwaukee.

The Good News

Brian Giles, Adrian Gonzalez and Chris Young are still fan favorites and still on the Padres roster. So too is ace Jake Peavy……….for now.

The Bad News

Peavy is as good as gone. If he makes it to the All-Star Break, Padres fans should consider themselves lucky. Understanding the team is making no effort to contend in 2009, making a Randy Johnson-esque trade (Mariners to Houston) with Peavy would be a huge plus for the future of the club. There isn’t enough talent here to compete even in a weak NL West and the prospect cupboards aren’t exactly stocked up.

Blaming ownership for not spending cash, even in the harsh times of the 2008/09 recession would be easy, if it weren’t for owner John Moores’ financial woes stemming from his divorce. The potential positive here is getting the club sold to Jeff Moorad, who has helped rebuild the Diamondbacks and was a stern player agent for years.

For the die-hards, 2009 may be the toughest season in years, as the team struggles to find a personality. Knowing most of these players won’t be part of the franchise’s next winning club could be a positive if you’re willing to push your hopes far enough into the future.

Bottom Line

The Padres are going to suck. 63 wins is optimistic. Depending on how early Peavy is dealt, the Padres are very much in line to contend for a 50 win season.

Prediction

57-105; Worst Record in Baseball.

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5 comments

  1. raysrenegade

    I am not sure if they might be the worst, the Mariners did not do much yet, and the Nationals will have to wait and see who steps up in their outfield.

    I am going to give them 5 more wins and give them only a 100 losses on the season, but if they get a good guy around the Trade deadline, add another 5 wins to that total for 67 possible in 2009.

    But that is just my gut feeling.

    Rays Renegade

    http://raysrenegade.mlblogs.com

  2. badseed57

    Rays,

    for a while I wondered if the M’s or N’s were in the same boat as the Pads, but the failure of the Pads to do anything this offseason in my mind clearly puts them as the worst team in baseball.
    Then I see they signed another good clubhouse guy who’ll be lucky to play 80 games in Clff Floyd last night. It’s a good move to help teach, but not to win.

  3. Erin Kathleen

    I think the Padres will benefit a lot from a change in ownership, and not so much because Moorad will spend more money (he probably won’t). The Pads’ front office is one of the worst in baseball, and Sandy Alderson is mostly to blame. Kevin Towers was once a decent GM until Alderson began calling the shots. It sounds like he’s on his way out once Moorad takes over, so things should be looking up for the Padres.

    Thanks for visiting my blog and leaving a comment, by the way. I don’t mean to come over here and be so negative right off the bat, but there aren’t a lot of nice things you can say about the Pads’ front office.
    -Erin
    http://plunking-gomez.mlblogs.com

  4. Kaybee

    Oh boy, I’m a die-hard Padres fan, and boy am I getting depressed about this season. Bad enough that we lost Trevor this offseason (WHHHHHHHAAAAAA!!!), but losing Jake will be devastating to all Padres fans. I know we’re probably going to be bad, but I want to believe that we can be better than what people are saying we will be. Not 100 losses. I don’t think so. I have hope for this team, whether they get better this year or in five years. Nice entry! Thanks.
    http://kaybee.mlblogs.com

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