At this level within the Padres’ rebuild – or “construct” or no matter you select to name it – how A.J. Preller’s product stacks up within the grand scheme of the 2017 season ought to be on followers’ backburners.
They’re shedding wage. They’ve minimize unfastened all of their veterans. They’re clearly wanting forward.
That doesn’t imply the NL West standings gained’t be troublesome to comply with subsequent season, particularly if former Padres are once more getting ready to information their groups into the postseason.
As a result of they are going to be.
As anticipated, the Dodgers and Giants are among the many favorites to win a World Collection in Bovada’s publish-Winter Conferences 2017 World Collection odds. The 2 groups skippered by former Padres – Dave Roberts in Los Angeles and Bruce Bochy in San Francisco – be a part of the Yankees as 14-to-1 favorites to be topped champions subsequent fall. Solely the Cubs (four/1), Pink Sox (eleven/2), Nationals (15/2), Indians (12/1) and Astros (12/1) have shorter odds, though neither the Dodgers nor Giants have precisely moved the needle this winter.
At the least not just like the likes of the Pink Sox (Chris Sale), the Astros (Brian McCann, Carlos Beltran) and Yankees (Aroldis Chapman).
In reality, the Dodgers’ merely sustaining established order with the return of Justin Turner, Wealthy Hill and Kenley Jansen dropped their odds from 9-to-1 on Nov. three to 14-to-1, whereas addressing their largest shortcoming – including Mark Melancon to their beleaguered bullpen – merely prevented the Giants’ odds from slipping.
The Dodgers (ninety one-seventy one) completed 4 video games above the Giants within the NL West in 2016, the 2 groups have completed first or second within the division the final three years (the Giants have gained three World Collection since 2010) and even the Bud Black-led Rockies might enhance upon final yr’s seventy five-87 marketing campaign.
A take a look at Bovada’s up to date odds, which – in fact – nonetheless have the rebuilding Padres as one hundred-to-1 lengthy-photographs to win a World Collection in 2017:
Across the division
- In fact, the Dodgers possible aren’t finished this winter. Though they’ve lastly finalized Turner’s 4-yr, $sixty four million deal, that doesn’t shut the door on Los Angeles pursuing a commerce for Twins second baseman Brian Dozier, ESPN.com’s Doug Padilla is reporting. Such a deal for Dozier – who hit a profession-excessive forty two homers in 2017 – would doubtless focus on somebody like pitching prospect Jose De Leon. The Dodgers have been reluctant to incorporate De Leon in discussions, so Chase Utley might additionally return to man second base.
- Talking of Melancon, the Giants are confidence that his arrival will strengthen the complete pen, which blew a serious league-worst 30 saves, based on the San Francisco Chronicle. Solely 9 of these leads have been misplaced within the ninth inning. “I’m very assured we’re going to have a very good bridge to Mark,” Bochy stated. “It’s simply going to stabilize our pen having someone on the again finish like Mark. He simply made this employees so a lot better. Belief me.”
- The Rockies’ odds have slipped from sixty six-to-1 for a Fall Basic title to seventy five-to-1, though its clear Colorado is intent on enhancing. They’ve already signed Ian Desmond to a curious deal to be their first baseman and have at occasions been related to Mark Trumbo free agent rumors (scary, proper?). No matter different strikes that Common Supervisor Jeff Bridich has up his sleeve, he has informed outfielder Charlie Blackmon to take commerce rumors involving him with a “big grain of salt.” The Rockies would appear to wish to maneuver an outfielder in the event that they’re critical about pursuing Trumbo or Edwin Encarnacion , however their reported asking worth for Blackmon could possibly be stopping substantive commerce talks, in accordance with MLB.com.
- The Diamondbacks, who’re one hundred-to-1 longshots just like the Padres, made one vital transfer on the Winter Conferences, agreeing to a one-yr, $2.seventy five million cope with Fernando Rodney (the Padres have been additionally curious about a reunion with their nearer from the primary half of 2016).
email@example.com; Twitter: @sdutSanders