Profar was very valuable for the Padres last season. San Diego played him in five different positions during the pandemic-shortened season, though he saw most of his action in left field and second base.
The offseason is far from over. A number of the league’s top free agents, including Trevor Bauer and JT Realmuto, remain unsigned. But no matter what’s to come, no team has done more to boost its World Series odds than the San Diego Padres.
In his return to Houston, Castro figures to pair with the right-handed-hitting Martin Maldonado behind the dish, giving manager Dusty Baker the opportunity to play matchups with a pair of solid defenders.
It looks like the San Diego Padres will go with a closer-by-committee approach in 2021. The man who finished the year as the go-to guy in the ninth, Trevor Rosenthal, departed via free agency and his predecessor has now done the same.
The trade details have been announced. The Padres nabbed another young, promising pitcher on Monday night when the news broke that Pirates right-hander Joe Musgrove is headed back to his native California in a three-team trade involving seven different players.