Well guess what? I'm one of them now. In an unexpected turn of events, the Padres, who had one of the worst offenses in baseball last year, have been adding bats! The new general manager, AJ Preller, has started shipping off prospects to pick up a former Rookie of the Year (Wil Myers), a perennial MVP candidate from a division rival (Matt Kemp), and an All-Star catcher (Derek Norris).
They've also added players like Tim Federowicz, Ryan Hanigan, Seth Streich, Clint Barmes, Brandon Morrow, Jose Castillo, and Gerardo Reyes. To do so, they've gotten rid of:
I might've missed some in there. Been a busy offseason.
Anyways, seeing as how I am pretty scarce in the non-Padre section of my binder, the only "new" Padre that I have a card of is this one:
This is from the 2013 Topps Update Mini inserts. The only reason I have it is because I completed the set. I guess it won't be too hard to imagine Myers in a Padre uniform - the Padres and Rays are pretty similar looking with their bluish hues, though I think they are (slightly) more interesting than my good old Padres. I love that Myers doesn't wear batting gloves. Very old school. Need to work on getting that kid a second "L" in his last name. Seriously, what's up with that?
Anyways, this kind of excitement is pretty foreign to me, so I'l work on containing myself.
Happy Friday! Christmas Break starts today!
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