Changes possible in Padres front office following disappointing season

Sep 4, 2023; San Diego, California, USA; San Diego Padres designated hitter Manny Machado (13) reacts after striking out during the eighth inning against the Philadelphia Phillies at Petco Park. Mandatory Credit: Orlando Ramirez-USA TODAY Sports

An Opening Day payroll of just under $249M and some aggressive acquisitions of star players meant that the Padres were fully expecting a championship in 2023, but San Diego has instead posted only a 77-79 record, and the season’s final week begins with the Padres still in mathematical contention for a wild card slot by only the faintest of margins.

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