Ever since Jeff Moorad's ownership bid was struck down by the MLB owners, the San Diego Padres have had a proverbial "elephant in the room" with regards to the direction of the club. The team has seemed to live in a constant state of flux for a few seasons, even during Jed Hoyer's short stint as GM. Roster moves have been made without direction (acquiring Carlos Quentin and his $8 million 2012 salary but passing on pitcher Mark Appel, widely expected to have been the No. 1 draft pick in the 2012 MLB Draft).
Over the past few season, washed up veterans (Orlando Hudson, Brad Hawpe, Jason Barlett, Miguel Tejada) have either signed one-year, charity deals or stuck around out of the sheer lack of options. The Padres have been fielding talent-less squads that barely sport any meaningful name recognition, to say the least. In the draft, the Padres have been consistently selecting players in the early rounds who were considered easier signings (Matt Bush, Max Fried) instead of choosing the best available players (Justin Verlander, Mark Appel) for fear of having to dish out a team-unfriendly signing bonus, even though the players would technically be under cost control for six years.
New ownership with a solid structure that will eliminate much of the uncertainty that has plagued the organization. No longer will Major League assets have to be traded at the deadline and fans can look forward to not having a turnstile of faceless players every year. Bringing in a savvy, hungry, young GM (Rick Hahn comes to mind) will show the city of San Diego that ownership is standing behind its team and is ready to provide resources to build a championship caliber club.
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