For all of the unbelievable moves San Diego Padres general manager AJ Preller has made, he’s still reminded of many that have come back to bite him. And there are a few involving the Los Angeles Dodgers that have made it all that much worse.
Most executives make mistakes. Even Andrew Friedman does! The man traded Oneil Cruz and Yordan Alvarez. But Preller has somehow let his miscues overshadow his home runs. He can thank Fernando Tatis Jr. for that, too.
In looking at San Diego’s roster, it’s safe to say Preller’s moves for Wil Myers, Blake Snell, Sean Manaea, Mike Clevinger, Josh Hader, Trent Grisham, Eric Hosmer, Tommy Pham, Adam Frazier, among others, have been bad.
Let’s be real — there’s a reason the Padres are 19 games back of the NL West lead. Most notable to what we’re talking about here, Preller’s attempt to add depth to the roster by trading for Matt Beaty and then releasing Trayce Thompson to clear a spot on the 40-man after he logged just six games with the team were double wins for LA.
First of all, Beaty has been terrible for San Diego and has spent most of the season with Triple-A El Paso. The prospect the Dodgers got in return for him has been dominating, too. And as for Thompson? Well, you know what happened there!
Trayce Thompson killing the Padres has been awesome for the Dodgers
Thompson was the difference maker in the series finale against the Padres on Sunday night! His pinch-hit three run homer in the bottom of the seventh put the game out of reach by giving the Dodgers a 9-4 lead when San Diego was beginning to creep back and make it tighter.
Since joining LA, Thompson is hitting .273 with a .953 OPS, 26 runs scored, 8 homers and 29 RBI in 54 games. Now, does being protected in the Dodgers lineup help? Sure it does! But the difference here is that Friedman and Co. actually gave him a chance while the Padres kicked him to the curb after six games … when they could’ve used the outfield help!
At the time of his release in mid-May, the Padres had an outfield of Jurickson Profar, Trent Grisham and Wil Myers, which was very much not good! Before the Soto acquisition, Beaty and Jose Azocar were the depth outfield pieces. Also NOT GOOD! Instead of giving Thompson more time, the Padres moved on, he went to the Tigers, then got traded to the Dodgers, and now Preller is paying dearly for it.
Can you name a Padres outfielder with a better OPS than Thompson during his time with the Dodgers? You can’t! Can you name a single Padres player with a better OPS than Thompson during his time with the Dodgers? Also can’t do that!
Sorry, Padres fans. It’s just too easy.