It’s been well documented by our resident Padres fans that the Fathers haven’t done a whole lot this offseason to make anybody feel great about their chances next year.
Trevor Hoffman is gone, they haven’t added any more offense and have (unsuccessfully) shopped Jake Peavy. Who knows, Peavy may still be on the way out the door.
But the good news is in his effort to sign a veteran middle infielder on the cheap, Padres general manager Kevin Towers has targeted Omar Vizquel and David Eckstein, with a preference for Eckstein.
Now that’s the signing Padres fans are waiting for with baited breath. Either a 42-year old shortstop or a 34-year old infielder with a rag arm. YES.
But hey, Eckstein is a “winner,” you know? You just can’t put a value on what he’ll mean to the clubhouse, having won World Series with both Anaheim and St. Louis. It’s that kind of attitude, that winning attitude that will get him signed.
And it’s a joke.
Fact is, Eckstein hit .265 last year with Toronto and Arizona, he doesn’t walk much (and doesn’t struck out much either, so that’s nice) and can’t throw a lick.
But hey, go for it Mr. Towers. I’m sure it’ll be just great.
UPDATE: Oh goody, it’s official.