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Padres finally undergoing a long overdue reconstruction

San Diego, CA- Scott Miller of Fox Sports San Diego and Bleacher Report in his latest article “Padres’ moves are a reconstruction, not a fire sale” explains how Padres fans should view the current situation, plain and simple the Padres are finally undergoing a long overdue reconstruction.

The reaction is simple and quick: Hallelujah, it’s about time this roster started getting rearranged. But let’s get one thing clear before we move on: This is not a fire sale. Absolutely, positively not.

I bring that up because I’ve seen that term thrown around in print and online in recent days, and this is not even close. A fire sale is when a club unloads expensive, marquee, talented players simply to cut costs.

The 1992-1993 Padres dumped, among others, Gary Sheffield, Fred McGriff, Tony Fernandez, Darrin Jackson, Craig Lefferts and Bruce Hurst. Sheffield and McGriff are in Hall of Fame conversations these days. - Scott Miller 

Huston Street, Chase Headley and soon to be traded Chris Denorfia are the first players to be let go in a complete roster reconstruction that has been needed for years. None of these players on the Padres roster are going to be Hall of Famers and most of them wouldn’t even be starters for other Major League teams.

Besides our starting rotation and bullpen that has been excellent throughout the season and is the reason this team isn’t running away with the worst record in baseball. There aren’t many other players on this roster that would start for other Major League teams.

Let’s look at each position.

Catchers: Yasmani Grandal and René Rivera

Both have performed decently, but neither of them are solid Major League starters and Grandal might likely become a first baseman with Austin Hedges on his way.

Infielders: Brooks Conrad, Tommy Medica, Chris Nelson, Jace Peterson, Yangervis SolarteYonder AlonsoEverth Cabrera, Jedd Gyorko and Alexi Amarista.

Besides Gyorko and maybe Cabrera, the rest of the Padres infield would be the starting lineup for other teams Triple-A rosters. With the only other exception maybe being Alexi Amarista who could be a utility player on another team.

Outfielders: Chris Denorfia, Jake GoebbertCameron MaybinCarlos QuentinSeth Smith and Will Venable

While I like Smith, Denorfia and Maybin, theres a reason Smith has been a career utility outfielder and teams that are looking to trade for Denorfia only view him as a bench option and yet their both starting outfielders on the Padres. Venable, Maybin and Quentin aren’t even drawing interest from any teams at the trade deadline.

What the Padres have finally realized, is what Padres fans have been preaching for years….. this group of players will not win.

We’ve watched this group of players since 2011 finish 71-91, 76-86 and 76-86. Waiting every year for the front office to improve
the roster and now the Padres are paying for staying pat with this roster with one of the worst offensive seasons in Major League history.

It’s about time the Padres blow this roster up, most of the players on this roster aren’t going to help this team next season.

So let the reconstruction begin……it’s about damn time.

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