Padres offseason primer: A look at the business at hand

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Upgrading the rotation, managing the 40-man roster, deciding Wil Myers’ future and filling out new manager Jayce Tingler’s field staff on the Padres’ offseason to-do list

By Jeff Sanders

Oct. 31, 2019

6:10 AM

On Thursday, the Padres will officially introduce their next manager, Jayce Tingler. The following weekend they will unveil the highly-anticipated return of brown-themed uniforms. Consider both events the prologue to the fifth offseason for General Manager A.J. Preller in San Diego, likely his busiest yet if the Padres are truly going to finally open their window to contend in 2020.
Here’s a look at the business at hand:
A MATTER OF RECORD
  • 2019 finish: 70-92, 5th in NL West
  • At home: 36-45
  • On the road: 34-47
  • 2020 draft position: Eighth
WHAT’S NEXT
  • A call to arms: Only the D-backs, with 73, asked rookie pitchers to start more games than the Padres (68), who set a club record with eight rookies making starts in 2019. Chris Paddack emerged as the best of that bunch, with Cal Quantrill showing flashes at times. The hope is that both Dinelson Lamet and Garrett Richards are healthy and good enough to slot ahead of Joey Lucchesi and Eric Lauer, but the Padres, too, should look to explore ways to add an arm to the top of the rotation. The competition for Gerrit Cole and Stephen Strasburg (if he opts out of his contract) could price the Padres out of those markets, but one of the game’s top farm systems provides trade chips for Preller to play with this offseason, especially as he looks to make room for 11 players coming off the 60-day injured list. Of course, top prospects MacKenzie Gore and Luis Patino likely headline the Padres’ untouchables as both could help the rotation at some point in 2020.
  • Last Wil and testament?: The Padres owe Wil Myers $60 million over the next three seasons, arguably the biggest roadblock to addressing the rotation shortcomings via free agency. Preller one-upped Myers’ record-breaking extension by handing out $444 million the following two seasons to 1B Eric Hosmer and 3B Manny Machado. Neither of them are going anywhere anytime soon, but Myers could find his way out the door, depending on how much of his contract the Padres are willing to eat in a trade. Expect to hear his name often this hot-stove season as Preller explores all his options, from upgrading Myers’ spot on the roster to addressing the deficiencies in on-base percentage throughout the lineup.
  • Filling out the field staff: The prospect of a new manager could invite an entirely different look for the coaching staff in 2020. Pitching coach Darren Balsley has been in place since 2003 and third base coach Glenn Hoffman’s hiring dates back to 2005. Hitting coach Johnny Washington, first base coach Skip Schumaker, infield coach Damion Easley, bullpen coach Doug Bochtler and bench coach Rod Barajas are newer additions to the staff. Who returns is at least a subplot as the Padres move through the offseason.

POTENTIAL FREE AGENTS
  • RHP Craig Stammen: The 35-year-old posted a 3.36 ERA in 241 1/3 innings over the last three years in the Padres’ bullpen. He earned $2.25 million over each of the last two seasons.
  • RHP Adam Warren: The Padres will owe the 32-year-old Warren — limited to 28 2/3 innings because of injury — $500,000 if they do not pick up his $2.5 million option.
  • LHP Aaron Loup: Injury also kept the 31-year-old Loup to 3 1/3 innings. He is owed $200,000 if his $2 million option isn’t picked up.
ELIGIBLE FOR SALARY ARBITRATION
  • Third year: RHP Kirby Yates ($3.06M in 2019), RHP Robbie Erlin ($1.45M)
  • Second year: C Austin Hedges ($2.06M), RHP Carl Edwards Jr. ($1.5M), OF Travis Jankowski ($1.165M), INF Greg Garcia ($910K)
  • First year: OF Hunter Renfroe ($582K), LHP Matt Strahm ($582K), OF Manuel Margot ($577K), RHP Dinelson Lamet ($567K), RHP Luis Perdomo ($580K)
FINANCIAL COMMITMENTS
  • Already committed to … 2020 payroll ($91.45M): Machado will make $30 million in the second year of his deal, Hosmer will make $20 million in Year 3 and Myers’ salary bumps up to $20 million for the first time. The Padres also owe Richards $8.5 million and INF Ian Kinsler ($3.75 million) for the final year of their deals and will owe buyouts to Warren ($500K) and Loup ($200K) if their options aren’t picked up. The Padres will also write their last checks to Hector Olivera ($8.5 million), their return when they unloaded OF Matt Kemp.
  • … 2021 ($70.5M): In addition to continuing to pay Machado ($30M), Hosmer ($20M) and Myers ($20M), Kinsler will be owed $500,000 if his $3.5 million option isn’t picked up.
  • … 2022 ($70M): Only Machado, Hosmer and Myers are on the books this year.
  • … 2023 ($44M): No change with Machado’s salary but Hosmer’s drops to $13 million the last three years of his deal if he doesn’t opt out, while the Padres owe Myers a $1 million buyout if his $20 million option isn’t picked up.
NOTABLES ELIGIBLE FOR RULE 5 DRAFT
  • Triple-A: OF Michael Gettys, RHP Trevor Megill, 3B Jason Vosler, INF Aderlin Rodriguez, LHP Travis Radke
  • Double-A: OF Jorge Ona, OF Buddy Reed, RHP Lake Bachar, RHP Jordan Guerrero, RHP Evan Miller, 1B Brad Zunica, UT Kyle Overstreet, RHP Carlos Belen, RHP Henry Henry, RHP Elliot Ashbeck, RHP Emmanuel Ramirez, RHP Jesse Scholtens, RHP Dauris Valdez, INF Ruddy Giron, OF Rodrigo Orozco, RHP Jean Cosme
  • Single-A: INF Esteury Ruiz, INF Eguy Rosario, LHP Osvaldo Hernandez, RHP Austin Smith, RHP Hansel Rodriguez, INF Allen Cordoba


KEY DATES
  • First day after the end of the World Series: Players with expiring contracts become free agents
  • Five days after the end of the World Series: Deadline to make qualifying offers to pending free agents
  • 15 days after the end of the World Series: Deadline to accept qualifying offers
  • Nov. 11-14: General Manager meetings in Scottsdale, Ariz.
  • Nov. 19-21: Owners meetings in Arlington, Texas
  • Dec. 2: Deadline for teams to offer 2020 contracts to unsigned players on 40-man rosters
  • Dec. 9-12: Winter Meetings in San Diego
  • Dec. 12: Rule 5 draft
  • Jan. 10: Deadline to exchange arbitration figures
  • Feb. 10: Padres pitchers and catchers report to Peoria
  • Feb. 15: First full-squad workout
  • Feb. 22: Cactus League play begins