San Diego Padres
Look, the San Diego Padres don’t score the National League West many points in terms of being an ultra-competitive division. However, there was absolutely no reason that the Padres shouldn’t have been the worst team in baseball last season. In fact, the season ended with six teams in the league worse than the Padres. They just don’t have much talent surrounding Wil Myers, who also struggled at times throughout the season due to lack of protection in the lineup. Yet this team, with a mix of luck and hustle, managed to defy their league worst run differential of -1.3.
There aren’t many reasons to believe that the Padres would be any worse this season, either. The front office made a series of moves this offseason in an effort to maintain while prospects move up through the system. They loaded up by bringing in names like third baseman Chase Headley and right-handed pitcher Bryan Mitchell from the Yankees, Freddy Galvis from the Phillies, and taking a shot on Jordan Lyles and Allen Craig through free agency.