In the past week, the San Diego Padres acquired Blake Snell, Yu Darvish, and signed Ha-Seong Kim. In short, the Padres had a productive off-season. However, there are some concerns the team has. For example, who's the closer? Can the Padres overcome the Dodgers not just in the NL West, but in the NL?
It's possible. San Diego has a productive lineup already, with Fernando Tatis Jr. and Manny Machado making a nice 1-2 punch. The front of the rotation looks solid... on paper. Darvish is a nice addition with a wide repertoire of pitches. However, he did pitch well in a shortened season. How would Darvish have done in a 162-game season last year? The good news for the Padres is the NL West is weak aside from the Los Angeles Dodgers. Arizona underachieved, Colorado always has pitching problems (must be the Coors), and San Francisco's almost done with their rebuild.
There are other teams that may cause problems for San Diego. Atlanta's got a staff reminiscent of the 1990's and you don't know what the Mets will do in the offseason. Speaking of which, we don't know how the rest of the offseason will shake out. Who will go where? It's too early to tell if San Diego will win the NL, even if they went all in during the offseason.
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