With the trade for Eric Hosmer and the top rated farm system, should the San Francisco Giants be worried about the San Diego Padres?
It feels like a weird question to ask considering the Padres finished with a better record than the Giants in 2017. But I think most would agree that on paper the Giants are still ahead of the Padres.
However, looking at the future of the Padres, they could be serious contenders in a few years and surpass the Giants.
Maybe the better question, would you rather be the Giants or the Padres right now?
The Giants are an aging team that seems to be at the end of their rope with a bad farm system. While the Padres are a very young team with a lot of really good talent on the way.
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It’s not an easy answer, and one that really can’t determined for several years. If the Giants make the playoffs and make a deep run over the next two-to-three years, them I’d say what they’re doing now was worth it. If not, I’d much rather be the Padres right now.
I personally think Hosmer was a great signing for them, and not one that is going to cripple the franchise down the road. He’s a winner and he knows what it takes for an up-and-coming team to win.
The Padres have always been able to find pitching in that ballpark, and now they have the offensive talent coming up to help them score some runs.
Middle infielders Luis Urias and Fernando Tatis Jr. are both knocking on the door and should be huge additions in the lineup. First baseman Josh Naylor had a nice 2017 season as well and could help add some power along with Tatis.
I certainly don’t fear the Padres this year, and probably won’t the next year either. But this team is coming, and the San Francisco Giants better take notice.