By Illya Harrell on June 25, 2014
San Diego Padres fans are treated to a pitching staff ranking fourth or fifth in most major categories. Their offense, or lack thereof, makes them convenient to watch. Fans can take a quick browse of the Petco Park concession area while the worst lineup in the NL flounders at the dish. They rank dead last in runs, batting average and virtually every other important offensive category. Here are some guys the team could do without.
If the Padres were not burdened with left-handed starter Eric Stults' horrid stats, they could easily have the second-best pitching staff in the league. His 2-10 record is no fluke due to a lousy lineup. In 16 starts and 82 innings, Stults sports a 5.49 ERA, 1.54 WHIP, while allowing batters to hit at a .317 clip.
As a 23-year-old rookie catcher, Yasmani Grandal sizzled after his June 2012 call to the majors. Before his 2013 season, a PED bust and subsequent 50-game suspension hit. Between that and his current 2014 numbers (.202/.307/.663 with seven HRs in 274 PA), that's more than enough for the team to cut bait.
A dude can't help being injury prone. It's a shame because Carlos Quentin had some huge years with the Chicago White Sox. He played 86 games in his first year with the Padres, 82 in 2013 and is on pace for only 64 this season. Quentin is set to earn $ 10 million in 2015. His 2016 contract can be voided if he does not play in 320 combined games in seasons 2013, 2014 and 2015.
Yonder Alonso and Yasmani Grandal were the prized prospects shipped to the Friars in the December 2011 blockbuster deal that sent Mat Latos to the Cincinnati Reds. It's not that Alonso is all that bad, but he's really not that good either. He'll hit .270, has gap power and the potential to hit near 20 home runs, but first basemen should be sluggers, not James Loney-type players.
San Diego could absolutely do without their stud closer. If a team is not winning, there's no need for a top-tier shutdown man. Street's trade value far outweighs his position on the poorest hitting team in the league. A deadline deal to a contending team could yield two top-level prospects who could improve their paltry offense.
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