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You’ve gotta cheer for the Padres, a hard-luck team that usually does better than expected, that develops great talent and usually winds up having to sell it off before it gets too expensive. They usually bring great talent back, but it has made the Padres into a feeder team for the big boys (see Red Sox with their acquisition of Adrian Gonzalez). They made some surprising moves this off-season, bringing in vetern Carlos Quentin and trading their first baseman of the future (acquired for Gonzo), anthony Rizzo. They traded a strong, inexpensive pitcher, Mat Latos, for another first baseman of the future, Yonder Alsonso, whom they must have preferred to Rizzo, although most scouts think Rizzo has a higher upside. Jesus Guzman looks pretty good at 1B as well, so you’ve got to think that the high-ups there know what they’re doing. But will it translate into a season worth watching, or another well-meaning feeder/spoiler situation?
In: Carlos Quentin (trade), Yonder Alonso (trade), Huston Street (free agent)
Out: Mat Latos (trade)
Strength: they’re young, spunky, and have a lot to prove. They play hard and do the fundamentals well. Their starting pitchers all had sub-4.00 ERAs, which is something to be excited about, but they need to show that they can translate that into wins and continue that success for years on end
Weakness: light on veteran presence, consistency, and consistent pitching. They’ve got to hope that their youngsters blossom and surprise.