Luis Sardinas was acquired by the Padres in August and was quickly added to the team's 25-man roster as the organization went through the process of evaluating pieces for the future in the final weeks of the season. At a glance, Sardinas' 66-game body of work in the big leagues last season offers little to get excited about, but his value to big league clubs comes from his above-average defensive work around the infield. Sardinas appears to be the favorite to hold down the starting shortstop job in the short term, as the Padres are essentially punting the position in 2017, with Jose Rondon serving as his closest competition. Turning 24 in May, Sardinas isn't necessarily a finished product as a hitter, but his .278/.313/.348 career line at Triple-A is nothing to write home about. Still, he is a solid bet to provide double-digit steals with a batting average that won't kill fantasy teams, likely from the bottom third of the batting order.
Manager Andy Green announced that Sardinas is no longer is the running for the Padres' starting shortstop gig, The San Diego Union-Tribune reports. The 23-year-old was given every opportunity to seize the job this spring, but his constant struggles at the plate (.184 in 38 at-bats) have cost him the opportunity to serve as the Padres' starting shortstop. Sardinas will now compete for a utility role and can safely be ignored in almost all fantasy formats.
Sardinas went 0-for-4 in Monday's spring training loss to the Cubs. Sardinas has gotten off to a slow start this spring, batting .190 (4-for-21) in eight Cactus League games. The 23-year-old entered camp as the front-runner for the starting shortstop gig in San Diego after slashing .287/.353/.417 in 34 games after coming over from the Mariners. The club brought Erick Aybar (non-roster invitee) and Allen Cordoba (Rule 5 draft) to spring training to act as competition. Manager Andy Green hasn't shed much light on the competition, but Sardinas will have to pick it up at the plate to solidify his spot on the 25-man roster.
Sardinas -- who was expected to start the year at short -- will have to battle the recently signed Erick Aybar this spring. The Padres bringing in competition for Sardinas makes sense given the 23-year-old's lack of success at the major league level prior to joining the Padres last season. He did have the best stretch of his career after the move to San Diego (.287/.353/.417 in 32 games), so there is a chance he finally bloomed as a hitter. Given his age, Sardinas is the more intriguing fantasy option of the two shortstops, but neither he nor Aybar will generate much interest outside of deep and NL-only formats.
Sardinas is not in Sunday's lineup against the Giants. Sardinas will give way to Adam Rosales at shortstop, who will hit fifth Sunday afternoon. The club has Monday off, so look for Sardinas to return for Tuesday's series opener against the Dodgers.
Sardinas is not in the lineup Monday against the Diamondbacks. Sardinas has been swinging a hot bat as of late (8 hits over his past six games), but he'll head to the bench for a regular day off. Adam Rosales will take over as the shortstop for Monday night's matchup.