Last season the San Diego Padres finished 3rd in the National League West with a record of 76-86. This was not the finish that most Padre fans were looking for. Junior Wilson Miles said what most were thinking, “Before the all-star game, I thought the Padres were going to be strong in the fall. But they went a month where they lost most of their games and first place. Then the Dodgers went on a winning streak, leaving the Padres behind 9+ games.”
Padre fans may have a spark of hope this coming season however, due in part to the recent acquisitions made by the front office this offseason. These additions, headlined by ex-Detroit Tiger pitcher Joaquin Benoit, include Seth Smith an outfielder who the Padres acquired via trade for RHP (Right Handed Pitcher) Luke Gregorson, and pitchers Alex Torres and Jesse Hahn who were acquired via trade with the Tampa Bay Rays for a combination of five San Diego prospects.
Along with the new additions to the team, the Padres will look to have full seasons from Carlos Quentin, Yonder Alonso, and Yasmani Grandal. In addition to having a healthy season the Padres will have shortstop Everth Cabrera back who missed the last 50 games of the 2013 season due to his connection with a biogenesis clinic linked to PEDs (Performance Enhancing Drugs).
The Padres have already faced a few setbacks this preseason with Chase Headley, Cameron Maybin, and Cory Luebke all sidelined due to injury. Each of these players injury severity differ with Headley only being out a couple weeks, Maybin missing a few months, and Luebke, who’s undergoing Tommy John surgery, to miss the entire season for the second straight year.
Possibly the toughest challenge the Padres will face in the 2014 season could be the games against the Los Angeles Dodgers and the Arizona Diamondbacks, who both had very productive offseasons. The Dodgers big move was the resigning of two time Cy Young winner Clayton Kershaw to a 7yr 215 million dollar deal making him the highest paid player in the history of the game. The Diamondbacks made their impact on the division by completing a three team trade which landed them power-bat Mark Trumbo. All in all the Padres should have a better season then last year. But with the division being as hard as it is winning it won’t be easy.
The Padres will open up their season at home at Petco Park on March 30 at 5:05 against the rival Dodgers.