By: Jacob Fain
Major League baseball had its usual winter meeting followed by the start of free agency, which as always promises to be a crazy with interesting trades and signings that can make you scratch your head. One team that has really made some heads turn is the San Diego Padres a team that has been very consistently bad in the competitive National league west.
The Padres really took a big step in the right direction this offseason first off they trade for Matt Kemp giving up only catcher Yasmani Grandal and two pitching prospects Joe Wieland and Zach Eflin. Tim Federowicz and some cash came from the Dodgers to the Padres also along with Kemp. San Diego also added Justin Upton from the Braves then Wil Myers from the Rays. With these moves there has be that thought that the Padres may be a playoff contender in 2015. Only a year removed from a world series victory the Red Sox started the 2014 season with high hopes but finished with an awful 71-91 record finishing in last place in the American league East. One of the bright spots for this team was the trading away of Jon Lester for Yoenis Cespedes which was a great move for the Sox but then they trade him away to the Tigers for Rick Porcello a pretty good pitcher buried in a really good Tigers starting five. Porcello was a solid move for Boston because for them pitching is must have. Then it happened the Red Sox signed two huge bats in Pablo Sandoval and Hanley Ramirez the Red Sox now are really going to make the Yankees look bad this next coming year which is something all fans in Boston can be happy about. Speaking of those damn Yankees they’ve been pretty silent, they’ve made it very clear they are not going after high price free agents like James Shields and Max Scherzer. The pitching staff also took a hit when Hiroki Kuroda decided to return to Japan to pitch. Veteran Garrett Jones was added to their roster via trade Jones had recently came off of signing a two year deal with the Marlins. All in all there is still a lot of offseason left and it will be interesting to see what teams like the Giants do a team who seemed to lose a lot in the offseason and to see if a young team like the Mets can make any big moves to attract veterans to join the club.