Something is clearly wrong with the San Diego Padres.
Their 82-80 record was a disappointment considering the talent on the roster. Josh Hader refused to enter a game prior to the ninth inning. It may be fair to question Fernando Tatis Jr.’s maturity, even after stayed out of trouble last year. While some of these issues may be sorted out by free agency, especially in Hader’s case, that may not be enough.
The Padres may be of the same mindset. According to Dennis Lin and Andrew Baggarly from The Athletic, the Padres granted the Giants permission to speak to Bob Melvin about their managerial vacancy. Bob Nightengale from USA Today added that Ryan Flaherty and Mike Shildt are the top two candidates to take over if Melvin leaves. This is a departure from earlier statements that the Padres’ brain trust would remain intact.
Bob Melvin’s time with San Diego Padres has run its course
It is difficult to imagine that Melvin will return to the Padres now. They are more than willing to let him leave after just two seasons, an admission that he is not the right person for the job. The front office has seemingly soured on Melvin after the Padres disappointing showing in 2023.
Someone has to take the blame for the Padres missing the postseason. They had as talented a roster as any team in the league on paper. But paper does not win championships – postseason berths are earned, and titles won, by getting those players to live up to their potential. AJ Preller will not be going anywhere, at least not yet. The core of the Padres has been locked in for years to come. If anyone is going to depart, it will be Melvin.
That may be what is happening. Melvin would certainly be in demand if he was fired which the Padres are aware of. They may be able to get something back for his services, adding a potential piece for their future. They may as well considering that they are showing a lack of faith in his ability to manage the team.
The San Diego Padres are letting Bob Melvin interview with the Giants. He is unlikely to return to San Diego next season given the situation.