Moves are coming …
A year ago, during the Padres free-fall, general manager Kevin Towers repeatedly dipped down to Triple-A Portland and waded into the waiver pool for potential upgrades to the roster, anything to stem the flow of one loss that followed another.
Remember Sean Henn? How about Bryan Corey, Jared Wells, Brett Tomko, Brian Falkenborg. I could go on here but I think you get the point. This was a bad team and Towers, tired of seeing the same results, did what he could to improve the roster.
Of course, those guys weren’t the answer and, in many cases, weren’t much better than those they replaced.
That brings us to this season.
The Padres are preparing to make some roster moves in the coming days where they will add players to the 25-man roster, players who should upgrade the roster. Unlike 2008, the Padres are more or less dealing from a position of strength, not weakness.
“The people who are coming back should make us better,” Towers said
this week. “There’s going to be some tough decisions, some guys who
were a part of this run (10-game winning streak).”
Cliff Floyd will likely join the team in Denver, which means Drew Macias is likely heading to Triple-A Portland. As I’ve stated time and time again here before, I like Macias a lot. I think that he can produce at this level. If he is indeed the one to go, he’ll back back. This is a case where Minor League options make him the most expendable.
Now we can argue the merits of what Floyd has to offer and that Macias might give you the same offensively, but Floyd is being paid $850,000, has a track record and figures to be a nice bat off the bench for manager Bud Black.
Another move that could happen sooner than later is the addition of reliever Mike Adams to the bullpen? Remember, Adams was Black’s MVP from the bullpen for 2008 (yes, and that includes Hoffman and Bell) when he had a 2.48 ERA and was one of the few bright spots on the team.
Adams is working his way back from labrum surgery in October. He hasn’t had any setbacks along the rehab trail and figures to make this bullpen, this improved bullpen, only better. Like the Floyd move, this addition should help the team.
We’ll see eventually how these two help the team, but it’s safe to say that Towers feels a lot better about these moves than the ones he made a year ago.