Sep 28, 2014; San Francisco, CA, USA; San Diego Padres shortstop Alexi Amarista (5) stikes out in the ninth inning of their MLB baseball game with the San Francisco Giants at AT&T Park. Mandatory Credit: Lance Iversen-USA TODAY Sports. Giants won 9-3.
5. Padres: 0.6 WAR (#29)
Sure, the Padres made a splash this offseason, but that doesn’t mean they don’t have holes. Trust me they have plenty. That’s why I’m not completely sold on them for this season.
One of those holes is SS. The bottom line is that Alexi Amarista isn’t going to cut it. Everybody knows that Petco Park is a offensive player’s nightmare, but when your projected for a wRC+ of 80 and a wOBA under .280.
He is not much better defensively either. According to FanGraphs, his career UZR/150 of -1.9 at shortstop.
Sure the Padres might be able to make up for it with their new additions, but not even James Shields can fix the Padres biggest problem.
An infield as a whole that isn’t even expected to be worth five wins above replacement usually doesn’t bode well for a teams playoff chances.