The Padres went out and completely revamped their team at the trade deadline. Trailing the Dodgers by double-digit games in the NL West, AJ Preller and his team went for it. They landed Josh Hader, Brandon Drury, Juan Soto, and Josh Bell to try to get back into the mix.
Those were some incredibly big trades, and they had to give up a bunch of talent to make them happen. But the Padres feel like this is very much a year for them to compete, and getting these guys do make them significantly better.
The Dodgers are still the team to beat in the National League, but the Padres are feeling confident. When asked about the deadline deals this week, Joe Musgrove seemed to think that they had leveled the playing field with Los Angeles.
“With the Dodgers, sometimes you look at that and go, ‘Gosh, this is going to be tough, we’re going to have to play our best baseball every single night, no room for error.’ I feel like with a couple additions we’ve made it’s a very even playing field now.”
Obviously, the Padres’ lineup looks much more threatening with Soto and Bell in the heart of the lineup. They’re significant upgrades over guys like Luke Voit, Eric Hosmer, and Wil Myers. But how do they match up with the Dodgers now?
The Dodgers had obviously been crushing the National League West standings before the deadline. They traded for Joey Gallo but didn’t do really anything else. On the other hand, they’re expecting back superstar talent from the injured list over the next couple of weeks. So we’ll see if Musgrove is right.
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