Chicago White Sox: Ranking them with the 10 best MLB rotations
1. San Diego Padres
Last offseason the Padres added the best pitcher available during the trade deadline when they acquired Mike Clevinger. Unfortunately for them, they won’t be able to see the fruits of their labor pay off until 2022 due to Tommy John surgery. Yet, the Padres still project to be the best rotation in baseball.
Instead of resting on their laurels, the Padres were aggressive this offseason. They pulled off a blockbuster trade for former AL Cy Young winner Blake Snell. They followed that up by adding Yu Darvish who is coming off his best season in 2020. They will join a rotation that already includes Dinelson Lamet and Chris Paddock.
Paddock is a bulldog on the mound and Lamet burst onto the scene in 2020. A right elbow injury prevented him from fully establishing himself near the end of last season. They also have top prospect MacKenzie Gore waiting in the wings. Gore projects to be a future ace. If that is not enough they also have Adrian Morejon, and Ryan Weathers who like Gore and Paddock, have incredibly high ceilings.
By adding Snell and Darvish, Padres general manager A.J Preller stabilized the top half of the rotation with two battle-tested veterans. They will help take some pressure off of their young talented arms in the Padres’ quest for the World Series.