The San Francisco Giants had one of the all-time strangest offseasons. Their fans experienced the highest of highs, thinking the Giants had signed Aaron Judge for about seven minutes and Carlos Correa for about seven days. Yet they also experienced the lowest of lows, with Judge actually returning to New York and Correa's deal falling apart over medical concerns. Somewhere in the middle of it all, the SF Giants made seven solid additions that raises the floor of their team and puts them into playoff consideration again in 2023.
Meanwhile, the Padres just continued to do what they've done over and over for years now: they added more star talent in the offseason. This time, it was Xander Bogaerts, whom they inked to an 11-year deal worth $280 million. It was a much larger contract than most predicted Bogaerts would get, but it was par for the course for San Diego.
But is the Padres success sustainable? Manny Machado has publicly stated his intention to opt out of his contract with the Padres after 2023. Yu Darvish was just signed to an extension, but he'll already turn 37 this year and that has a chance to age poorly. Juan Soto is likely to test free agency two offseasons from now. Blake Snell is entering the last year of his deal. And the Padres gave away a ton of young talent in trades to acquire players such as Soto, Darvish, and Snell in the first place. While the Padres figure to be very good again in 2023, how much longer is it going to last?
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