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Brand New Infield Won’t Be Enough For New Look San Diego Padres

By Michael Saltzman
PEORIA, AZ - FEBRUARY 21: Eric Hosmer
PEORIA, AZ - FEBRUARY 21: Eric Hosmer /
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PEORIA, AZ – FEBRUARY 21: Freddy Galvis
PEORIA, AZ – FEBRUARY 21: Freddy Galvis /

It is hard to talk about the 2018 San Diego Padres and not start and end with the biggest acquisition in team history.

While not the best player to ever wear a Padres uniform or the biggest name, he is going to be paid the most. To put his $144 million into perspective, the combined payroll for the entire 25 man opening day roster last season was just over $69 million and the combined payrolls over 2016 and 2017 opening day rosters is just over $168 million according to Baseball Prospectus.

Wil Myers, the team’s first baseman last season, signed an extension worth $83 million, but will only make $4.5 million this season. He will also be moving to the outfield to make room for Hosmer. While Myers is better defensively at first base than in the outfield, Hosmer’s defense at first is better than Myers. Also, having both in the middle of the lineup should compliment each other nicely.

Myers, who hit more right handed home runs at AT&T Park than any Giant did last season, is clearly the biggest threat in the lineup for the Padres when facing the Giants.

If you aren’t sure if that statement is accurate, re-read the previous sentence about who led AT&T Park with right handed home runs.

The underrated move the Padres made this off-season was adding Freddy Galvis from the Philadelphia Phillies. The Gold Glove talent at shortstop gives San Diego the best defensive shortstop they’ve had since maybe Ozzie Smith.

Whether that opinion is true or not does not underestimate the consistent turnover the team has had at the position. With Galvis brought in, it is possible they have found their answer at shortstop for the foreseeable future and beyond.

It will also be the biggest decision the team will have with their regulars after the season as he will be a free agent. Going back to my initial questions about what kind of ownership we have now in San Diego, the Galvis negotiations will be one to keep an eye on.

The other big acquisition was a former Padre returning in Chase Headley. He is on the last year of a big $52 million contract he signed a few years ago and he has been penciled in at third base for San Diego again.

What these moves have done is completely change the infield while also vastly improving the defense. If Hosmer, Galvis and Headley can also hit, the dynamics of the Padres lineup can be much more dangerous for opposing teams.