Wednesday December 9, 2009
Its amazing how many people are writing off the San Diego Padres in 2010, even so called Padres fans.
I guess in all their negativity they missed the fact that the Padres played .500+ baseball in 4 of 6 months in 2009. April, May, August, and September.
Only in two horrid injury filled months of June and July did the Padres fall under .500. Now in those two months they did go a misearable 17-37, but it was just those two months where they were below .500.
The last two months they went 32-23. Why are fans, blogs and the media not looking at those months when they make their prognostications?
Tell me why do they think the Padres can't win in 2010?
I am hoping that Jed Hoyer is much smarter than the average Padres fan, blogger and media member and can see the talent on the team and the potential for a winning season in 2010 with just a few additions and changes.
Moving Headley out of LF and replacing him with Kyle Blanks will add more just in the defensive upgrade than the difference between him and Kouzmanoff at 3B both offensively and defensively.
So Kouzmanoff should be traded.
Package Kouzmanoff and Bell for Taylor and a couple of good prospects from the Phillies and you have filled two holes and only created one, closer.
Adams, Gregerson or Poreda could fill that position.
Or send Kouzmanoff to the Twins for Wilson Ramos and a prospect like Shooter Hunt and you have the catcher of the future and a high upside pitching prospect.
Then send Bell & a prospect to the Phillies for Taylor & a couple of other prospects. Now you have your power hitting centerfielder.
I believe the holes can be filled and the Padres can win in 2010.
So tell me what YOU think it will take for the Padres to both win and contend in 2010