Holy Hand Grenade wrote:They're just a poorly run team. That's all. How many teams could bring up Peavy and Jason Bay, luck into an improbable explosion from Mark Loretta, play in the NL West and still only play .500 ball?
Loretta had always been a good average hitter, but had been hampered by injuries...that explosion wasn't completely luck as it was Loretta getting regular playing time and staying healthy.
Castilla is an upgrade from Burroughs at third, that much I will tell you.
Cameron will be better than Nady this season and even though I may not like the deal myself, it does make the Padres avoid any arbitration/contract situations with Scott Boras.
Linebrink can't step into the closer role? Did you see his numbers last season? They were better than Hoffman's.
While I don't think we should move Loretta, if we do it opens up second for Josh Barfield...not the worst of options.
The Padres were .500 because Dave Roberts, Mark Loretta, Khalil Greene, Ramon Hernandez, Jake Peavy, Adam Eaton, and Woody Williams missed time...Nevin decided to stop hitting the baseball and Klesko was his usual self.