The Winter Meetings arrive in San Diego next week. Nice of the Padres to be such busy hosts.
It’s already been an active offseason in San Diego, where general manager A.J. Preller has maneuvered to add Trent Grisham, Zach Davies, Drew Pomeranz and Jurickson Profar. He capped his nine-day spree on Friday by landing outfielder Tommy Pham in a five-player deal with Tampa Bay.
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But Preller might not be done. The Hot Stove will get even hotter next week when the Meetings come to the Manchester Grand Hyatt. The annual extravaganza begins Sunday and concludes Thursday morning, and the Padres clearly still have work to do this winter.
Preller’s recent moves have helped shore up a roster that slumped to 70 wins in 2019. But the Padres view themselves as contenders next season, and it will almost certainly take a few more winter upgrades to reach that goal.
“We're still working,” Preller said. “We're actively involved in conversations, and we'll see what happens. It's hard to predict whether you're able to line up with anything. So far, we've been able to line up with a few things. ... We're still looking to improve our roster, and we'll see what the Winter Meetings brings.”
Club needs: At the risk of oversimplifying things: pitching and hitting.
The Padres could certainly use some rotation help, though they seem determined not to overpay for the current options on the market.