The San Diego Padres are in danger of missing the playoffs and losing their stars for nothing
After the Padres took down the Mets in last years Wild Card round, both teams spent lavishly in the offseason with hopes that they would be able to go deeper into the playoffs in 2023. Instead, they were both on the outside looking in at the trade deadline, in which the Padres decided to stand pat and not sell at the trade deadline.
This was a massive deal for the Padres, given the status of some of their stars heading into the offseason. Josh Hader will be a free agent, and Juan Soto hits the open market following the 2024 season. Given the amount of money the Padres already have on the books, it wouldn't be a shock if the Padres aren't willing to match what other teams (maybe even the Mets) are willing to pay them.
Outside of trading for Scott Barlow and Rich Hill, the Padres did little to boost their playoff chances at the deadline, and their below .500 record reflects that. After watching the Mets sell Max Scherzer and Justin Verlander for a great haul, the Padres may be wishing they could have a chance to trade Hader or Soto before they might end up walking in upcoming offseasons.