Padres Extend Spring Training Invite to Versatile Defender

David Kaestle
The Padres have signed a versatile veteran Max Schrock.
The Padres have signed a versatile veteran Max Schrock. / Associated Press

We are in the heart of the MLB offseason and teams have already made plenty of upgrades throughout the league. The San Diego Padres are on of them, having signed star shortstop Xander Bogaerts away from the Red Sox on an 11-year $280 million contract.

While stars help teams immensely, genuinely great teams are also built through small moves that may go unnoticed during a busy offseason. The Padres made one of those small moves on Monday that could pay off. The team signed Max Schrock to a minor-league contract.

Padres Sign Max Schrock

Schrock is a versatile veteran that plays multiple positions and holds an impressive .299 career batting average in the minors.

While Schrock has played in parts of the last three MLB seasons, and holds a career .254 average in the majors, his best season came in 2021. That season he slashed .288/.328/.448 in a career-high 53 games.

Schrock's versatility could be a major win for the Padres who will have to do some positional shifting this season once Fernando Tatis Jr. returns.

If San Diego can unlock that bat he had in 2021 along with the defensive versatility, the Padres may have just found a diamond in the rough.

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