The San Diego Padres are coming off a terrific season in which they made the playoffs and advanced to the NLCS for the first time since 1998. After coming so close to the World Series, they plan to be aggressive this offseason as they gear up for another deep postseason run in 2023.
While the Padres don't have too many holes to fill, they do have one that stands out as their top offseason priority.
Jose Abreu Rumors
According to MLB insider Jon Morosi, San Diego is zeroing in on free agent slugger Jose Abreu to play first base or designated hitter. The team is looking for a big bat at that spot after trading away Eric Hosmer last season and with Josh Bell now a free agent.
Despite being 35, Abreu is still one of the top options at the position. He's been one of the game's best and most reliable hitters during his nine-year career, slashing .292/.354/.506 while averaging 27 home runs and 96 RBIs per season.
While his 15 home runs last season were a career-low, Abreu still batted .304 and mashed 40 doubles. Based on his impressive track record, he'd be a great addition to a San Diego lineup that already features Manny Machado, Juan Soto, and Fernando Tatis Jr. (when he returns from his suspension, that is).
The Padres have also been linked to Japanese pitcher Kodai Senga, so they're clearly looking to make a splash this offseason. That's been their MO under GM A.J. Preller, so it wouldn't be surprising to see San Diego land at least one big name this winter.
As it stands, the Padres are currently tied with the Toronto Blue Jays for the sixth-best 2023 World Series odds on FanDuel Sportsbook's MLB odds.
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