March 9, 2017
Slow Motion in San Diego
Signed RHP Jered Weaver to a one-year, $3 million contract. [2/19]
Signed LHP Clayton Richard to a one-year, $1.75 million contract. [12/20]
If it’s true that it’s always darkest before dawn, then the sun is about to rise on the San Diego Padres. This upcoming season looks to be a downer in my favorite city in California. The Padres have almost completely remade their rotation, keeping around only Christian Friedrich, Luis Perdomo, and Paul Clemens, none of whom are locks for the first five slots on the starting pitcher depth chart.
Then the team picked up four more rotation options in Jhoulys Chacin, Trevor Cahill, Weaver, and Richard. While I’ve advocated in the past for the Padres to get creative with the way they use starting pitchers (and they’ve at least considered it!), it sounds like those last two names are likely to slot in as rotation regulars. Weaver and Richard are both former top prospects with long MLB track records, but neither the former All-Star nor the former University of Michigan star are likely to carry the Padres out of the depths of the NL West. In fact, there’s a chance they could both sink them deeper into the mire.
There’s a pretty simple way to describe Weaver’s fall from grace in 2016 and here it is in chart form: