Padres Big Money

It may never rain in Southern California but that doesn’t stop the cash from gushing out of the sports teams in the area.  It’s a given the Los Angeles Lakers and Dodgers have unlimited funds. This was never the story for the San Diego Padres but new GM A.J Preller is making big changes to the narrative.  Over the past month Preller has pulled one big money trade after another:  First, he acquired 2013 AL Rookie of the year outfielder Wil Myers in a three team trade involving his former team the Tampa Bay Rays and the Boston Red Sox.  Then, during the Baseball Winter Meetings, Preller stunned the sports world by trading with the rivaled Dodgers for fan favorite outfielder Matt Kemp and the reminder of his eight year, $160 million deal.  Knowing that too much is never enough, Preller added another high priced, high powered slugger to his book by trading for Braves outfielder Justin Upton.  The Padres are also rumored to be the desired landing destination for top ace pitcher Cole Hamels.  It’s clear the Padres are pushing all of their chips into the center of the table with this win now approach.   Myers, Upton and Kemp combined to hit 60 home runs and 226 RBI’s last season.  However, like all great gambles, there’s high risk involved.  Though young, Myers has shown he’s injury prone, playing only 87 games last year.  Matt Kemp has a long injury history of his own but had a good bounce back year and maybe able to get back to his 2011 NL MVP form.  Justin Upton is going into a contract year; he will produce good numbers but he will also produce doubt over if he is worth the money.  A.J Preller effort seems to be paying off; the San Diego Padres are taking headlines away from the Dodgers and Lakers by spending their way into contention.

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