I mean, you get one of the best hitters in the game in Soto, one of the best closers in the game in Hader, and one of the best surprise utility heroes in baseball in Drury. They made all the best moves, got rid of Voit and Hosmer, and and strengthened their team to do what they couldn't do in 2020 and take down the Dodgers.
...and then the Phillies caught them with their pants down and took 'em out just when they became the alphas.
Still a hell of a year for the Padres. With Machado, Soto, Tatis and Bogaerts all slated to run this team in 2023, the plan is for this dominance to last even longer, and to be a menace to the rest of the league, and the rest of the NL West, for the remainder of the decade. Easier said than done, yes, but this year was a step in the right direction.
Tomorrow, the team that beat them.