For a moment there, it looked like the Matt Kemp wouldn’t go through when a physical revealed he had arthritic hips.
But arthritic hips or not, Kemp is now a Padre and so is Will Myers and Justin Upton who were acquired from the Tampa Bay Rays and the Atlanta Braves, respectively.
Now that’s quite an outfield.
If that wasn’t enough, the Padres acquired catcher Derek Norris from the Oakland A’s. Throw in former Red Sox third baseman Will Middlebrooks and free agent shortstop Clint Barmes in the mix and you have a far more compelling offensive attack. The Padres are now a viable challenger in the NL West.
Getting back to Myers, he was acquired in an 11 player deal that also involved the Washington Nationals. Larry Thornberry, our resident Rays fan, is besides himself over the Myers deal. I do think Steve Souza will be a nice addition in the Rays outfield, but the Rays probably won’t contend in 2015. This will do nothing to boost the Rays’ anemic attendance.
However, I suspect attendance will not be an issue due south in Miami. I must admit that I thought the Marlins were putting all their eggs into one basket with Giancarlo Stanton’s $350 million deal. But they acquired Dee Gordon and Dan Haren from the Dodgers, Mat Latos from the Reds, signed free agent Mike Morse and then traded Garrett Jones and Hector Eovaldi to the Yankees for Martin Prado and David Phelps.
I’m not sure if either the Marlins or the Padres will reach the post-season in 2015, but they will both be much better teams.