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Outside The Confines: Padres are stacking aces

Will San Diego be an unstoppable force in 2021?

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The last time I wrote a post that focused on the Padres, it was because they were in the midst of a historical run of games with grand slams, giving them the Slam Diego nickname this summer.

Now, it appears, they are making news for a different run, and that is their recent spate of trades and signings, all indicating one thing: the Padres are in it to win it.

San Diego was easily one of the most fun teams to watch last summer with star turns from Manny Machado and Fernando Tatis Jr, but over the past three days they have outdone themselves. First they traded four prospected for Rays ace Blake Snell, which briefly gave Cubs fans a sigh of relief assuming they were no longer in on Yu Darvish. But on Monday night, the Padres struck again, this time trading five players to the Cubs for Darvish and catcher Victor Caratini. The Darvish deal was officially announced by both teams late Tuesday.

In the midst of all that, they also reportedly snagged Korean free agent infielder Ha-Seong Kim.

And with all that, they’re still anticipating a return of Mike Clevinger, and might still be in on free agent Trevor Bauer, meaning they’re shaping up to have one of the scariest pitching rotations in years. The Padres are certainly aiming to be a force to be reckoned with next season.

And tomorrow will be a better day than today, Buster. Make it so.