By Mark Collier
On Friday December 6th the Padres finalized a deal that brought Tampa Bay Rays left fielder Tommy Pham to the Padres along with infield prospect Jake Cronenworth in exchange for slugger Hunter Renfroe and MLB #72 ranked prospect Xavier Edwards, and a minor league player to be named later.
Pham, 31 has a propensity for getting on base and stealing bases which puts him in select company. Over the past three seasons, only 2019 AL MVP Mike Trout, 2019 NL MVP Runner Up Christian Yelich, and perennial MVP candidate Mookie Betts had a higher on base percentage among outfielders that also had at least 50 SB as well. Pham is in elite company with this crew and he now brings his talented resume to the top of San Diego's lineup being guided by first year manager Jayce Tingler. The Padres feel they are ready to compete in 2020 and a healthy Pham will be a critical component to their success.
Tommy Pham: 2019 Playoff Performance
Tampa Bay Rays