Two of the most underwhelming teams of the 2021 MLB season — the New York Mets and the San Diego Padres — both came up short of their lofty playoff expectations. And, as is expected to be the case with many of the teams that are in that mold, the two leaders at the strategic helm were dismissed for the teams coming up short.
More important for the sake of this story, however, is that one team's trash could become another team's treasure. And pardon the crude translation, whereby Luis Rojas becomes the Mets' "trash," but it's possible that the Padres deem him the appropriate replacement for Jayce Tingler after both managers were removed from their respective positions.
According to Kevin Acee of the San Diego Union-Tribune, the Padres interviewed Rojas as a potential replacement for Tingler. In addition to Rojas, the Padres interviewed former Cardinals skipper Mike Shildt, whose dismissal from St. Louis was surprising after a 90-72 finish — one that included a 17-game winning streak — and a close loss to the Dodgers in the playoffs.
The Mets, Cardinals and Padres were the three lone vacancies in the National League to this point, though St. Louis just hired Oliver Marmol to take Shildt's spot.
The Padres' opening has to be seen as an extremely desirable one, with Fernando Tatis Jr. potentially taking Mike Trout's place as the face of baseball for the foreseeable future. They entered the 2021 season with the third-best odds to win the World Series (+800) and should once again be a force in the West come 2022, regardless of who's at the helm.