To say that the last decade has been a disappointment for the San Diego Padres would be a huge understatement. Their only winning season in the last 10 years came in 2010, but since then, San Diego has struggled to make a statement in the National League West. To boot, they haven’t made the playoffs since 2006, when they were knocked out of the NL Division Series by the St.Louis Cardinals.
Signing All-Star Manny Machado last offseason didn’t seem to help much, with the infielder hitting just .256 with 32 home runs in his first year with the Padres. But with several youngsters showing promise – headlined by Fernando Tatis Jr. – San Diego could be on the come up. They currently have one of the top minor-league systems in baseball, so we could see the Padres competing for the division sooner rather than later.
Over the next several weeks Baseball Essential will be doing a series on the best and worst trade every team in Major League Baseball has made over the last decade. Here is the best and worst trade the San Diego Padres have made since 2010.