When the universal DH comes to MLB, the San Diego Padres could benefit greatly.
While the 2020 MLB season seems to be hanging by a thread as the players and owners continue haggling over money. It does seem likely that if the sport comes back and play, there will be a universal DH in baseball. This rule change will benefit the San Diego Padres greatly as their roster holds a number of DH options.
In a shortened season, the Padres’ chances of contending for a playoff berth have been increased with the addition of the DH position to the lineup. Miraculously, the length of their batting order has been extended. Now, Padres manager Jayce Tingler can re-shuffle his lineup with the addition of another proven run-producer to the group.
Padres general manager A. J. Preller must decide how to utilize the position best. Is it wise to cycle everyday players through the DH position, so to give them a half a day off and keep them fresh for the abbreviated season? Maybe take a chance on a young player who is buried on the 40-man roster. Or use a veteran player that may no longer be an on-field option, but their bat is still lethal.
Here are possible universal DH options for the Padres: