How Far Can the Padres Go With Bob Melvin?

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The Padres can absolutely go far with this Melvin hire. Let’s see what else they do in the offseason. It’s never quiet when the phone rings in San Diego. Definitely, this will affect our MLB future odds.

The San Diego Padres had one of the more unsatisfying years in 2021. The Padres finished 79-83 in the hardest division in baseball and were 28 games out of first place in the NL West when it was all said and done. This was a team that made moves with aspirations of winning the World Series.

It never happened, especially during a gauntlet stretch in August and September. Therefore, the Padres knew they had to make some tweaks and changes in the offseason and went and got Bob Melvin, who had been managing the Athletics. The Athletics weren’t going to give Melvin a multi-year deal while the Padres were absolutely going to give him that.

Melvin, who wanted to stay on the West Coast, took the job with San Diego, looking to turn things around after a terrible year last year. With Winter Meetings starting, Padres President of Baseball Operations, A.J. Preller is looking to revamp this roster for the third time. He’s said he won’t flip the roster essentially but wants to reach the next level, which is to make the playoffs and the World Series.

The team already has $185 million committed on their 2022 payroll which already puts them in the top five in the MLB when it comes to payroll. Yet, this team couldn’t even finish the season at .500. Under at the MLB odds.

Melvin, things are going to change. Melvin is just beloved around the industry and is considered as one of the best managers in the game right now. Still, the Padres have made 18 trades since November of 2019 and maybe it’s just getting out of hand in San Diego.

The active roster only had nine players that had been with the team longer than three seasons. Team chemistry is a big deal, especially in baseball, when a team is playing so many games with one another. Then again, the Braves ended up winning a World Series with an entirely different outfield than they had to start the season. There’s no right or wrong in this industry. If things click, you start to win.

The Padres didn’t have much of a click for them. Starters like Blake Snell and Yu Darvish didn’t perform up to expectations. Other potential starters were injured last year like Mike Clevinger and Danielson Lamet. Star’s first baseman, Eric Hosmer, was everything but that. Fernando Tatis Jr. showed immaturity throughout last season. The bullpen was overworked and overused early in the season.

These are just some of the things that went wrong for San Diego last year. Melvin has a history of getting the best out of his players. He’s worked with Oakland for a little bit and had to play around with the money ball style as a manager. Now, he can manage the top players in the game.

Blake Snell #4 of the San Diego Padres. Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images/AFP

Players who make a ton of money and a ton of sense for the organization. Because of that, the Padres are well on their way to being competitive again. It’s a tough division and conference but the Padres have been doing the right things. They’re going out and being aggressive. The moves are a bit risky, but if you’re a San Diego fan, you have to be happy that the Padres are doing whatever they can to build a winner. Take this into consideration for your MLB picks.