It's clear to San Diego Padre fans and their owners that we need to make a splash this offseason.
Last week I wrote about what getting Adrian Gonzalez would mean for the Padres, the owners, fans and the city of San Diego. Clearly, they weren't listening to me, considering Gonzalez was sent up to our northern rivals in what is probably the biggest waiver blockbuster trade I've ever seen.
However, what if the Padres make serious moves and target Jake Peavy this offseason?
Peavy will likely become a free agent after this season, so why not target him? Our starting pitching isn't as dominant as it has been in years past. We rank 12th in team ERA, which probably would be lower without our dominant bullpen, and 19th in team WHIP. The Padres need an anchor ace to handle the rotation. Admittedly, with the return Cory Luebke, our staff will be much sharper. Although, we can always add another talented arm.
The staff is still very young, though. Jason Marquis, the resident veteran, will also become a free agent after this year. Who will mentor our young pitchers and called-up prospects, such as Casey Kelly?
Peavy was hugely popular in San Diego, I still even have his bobble-head on my dresser at home. He gave the Padres their fourth Cy Young winner in franchise's history to join the ranks of Randy Jones, Gaylord Perry and Mark Davis. With 19 wins and 2.54 ERA, he won unanimously in 2007.
But why should Peavy want to come back to San Diego?
- His memories of the Padres being the dominant team in the NL West aren't that far off.
- It's arguably the best pitchers park in all of the MLB.
- He will be received tremendously.
- He will be looked at as the veteran captain of a young, up-and-coming team.
- And, have you been to San Diego? It's always 72 degrees and sunny.
Granted, after coming off a very successful rebound season, his price tag will likely be pretty steep. However, at age 31, and with his injury-riddled past, he won't get huge money.
Come on Padres, let's make some moves!
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