Team 3 for 2009, the Padres.
It hasn’t been that long since the Padres playoff hopes were dashed by a 90 yard sprint:
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:
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.
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.
57-105; Worst Record in Baseball.