Padres GM Reveals 2024 Plan For Michael King

Michael King #34 of the New York Yankees delivers a pitch in the first inning against the Toronto Blue Jays at Yankee Stadium on September 20, 2023 in the Bronx borough of New York City.
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The New York Yankees sold high on Michael King and took advantage of his incredible run as a starter late in the season to put him in the Juan Soto trade package.

This is not to say King will revert and be a bad pitcher: to the contrary, he is a very solid hurler who will now have an extended opportunity with the San Diego Padres.

However, chances are that he is unlikely to get on a similar roll and the Yankees definitely leveraged that late-season performance into a top-tier bat.

What King did is nothing short of amazing, and it has earned him a spot in the Padres rotation according to general manager A.J. Preller.

“Padres GM A.J. Preller said Michael King will be a part of the club’s rotation in 2024,” MLB Network tweeted while also showing King’s numbers in his last eight starts with the Yanks.

38.1 innings pitched, 33 hits allowed, a 1.88 ERA, nine walks, and 48 strikeouts.

That’s outstanding performance right there.

The doubt regarding King’s role stems from the fact he is a really good reliever.

In 168.2 innings from the bullpen in his career, he has a 2.93 ERA.

On the other hand, he boasts a 4.33 ERA as a starter in 79 frames.

He is a different pitcher now than earlier in his career, though, so he has some staying power in the rotation even if he won’t post a sub-2.00 ERA over a full season.

King the starter could be a very valuable piece for the Padres, if they know how to deploy him.

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