Not a terrible deal for the Padres, they did get a nice prospect return, and the Red Sox top prospects have a nice history of panning out (Jon Lester, Dustin Pedroia, Clay Bucholz, Jonathan Papelbon, Jacoby Ellsbury, Hanley Ramirez etc.). However, the Padres were in contention for the playoffs until the last day of the season in 2010, you would think that with almost the same team returning, they would try to make another run at it in 2011 and trade at the deadline if it didn't work out. But instead, the Padres have raised the white flag, and are now officially joining the D-Backs in rebuild mode. I realize the Padres were a long shot to re-sign Adrian Gonzalez, but he was only due $6.2 MM this year, and for the number of butts he put in the seats I imagine he was worth it.
Also gone from the 2010 Padres are Miguel Tejada (Giants) and Jon Garland (Dodgers). Couple that with the Giants retaining everyone not named Uribe, and the Dodgers sporting a markedly improved rotation, and the Padres prospects for 2011 aren't looking so good. Their starters (I'm talking to you Clayton Richard) were especially lucky last year and coupled with the fact that their bullpen is unlikely to repeat their dominance from last year (especially if Heath Bell gets traded) and the Padres could very well be a below .500 team in 2011. I mean, look at this roster. Padres fans better hope Ryan Ludwick hits 65 HR.
The Padres did add Aaron Harang and his 5+ ERA. Here's a look at his lifetime #'s... They certainly seem to be on the decline..
|162 Game Avg.||12||12||4.33||34||34||208||222||100||28||58||173||102||1.345||9.6||1.2||2.5||7.5||2.96|