After missing the postseason, the San Diego Padres say a ‘painful self-reflection’ awaits.
“I fully support the current management team and have asked them to conduct a thorough evaluation of our organization,” Padres owner Peter Seidler said in a statement on Wednesday.
“We will make the changes necessary to deliver the championship-worthy performance to our extraordinary fans in 2024.”
After reaching the Championship Series in 2022, San Diego assembled an ultra-luxury roster in 2023 with a payroll total of nearly $250 million, but failed to make the postseason with an 82-80 record.
A late surge kept them in contention for a postseason berth down the stretch, but overall it was a disappointing year.
They scored 752 runs and allowed 648, a run differential of +104, but went just 2-12 in extra innings and 9-23 in one-run games.
“The Padres will learn from this season and come back with the pieces in place to compete for San Diego’s first World Series title in 2024,” Seidler said, promising a different look next season.
As for the departures of the much-ballyhooed general manager A.J. Preller and manager Bob Melvin, there was no comment other than to say that he “fully supports” them.레고토토
Whether the “necessary changes” include replacing all or some of them remains to be seen.
If the Padres do need to make changes, this offseason could be a good turning point.
San Diego is losing starters Blake Snell and Josh Hader to free agency, and Nick Martinez, Michael Wacka, and Seth Lugo have player options. After rebounding this season, Waka and Lugo are likely to decline their options and hit the market.
Juan Soto is entering the final year of his salary adjustment. After making $23 million this season, his salary could rise to $30 million in 2024. This is why trade rumors continue to surface.
It will be interesting to see what changes San Diego decides to make after a disappointing year this season.