Greetings, all. I hope all the lovely readers out there had a wonderful holiday. 2013 is nearly upon us and the start of a new baseball season inches ever closer. Bill Center of the U-T San Diego held his final chat of the year with Padres fans. Here are some of the highlights:
Center pointed out the fact that while the Padres have not made many moves, Padres GM Josh Byrnes is working very hard to acquire pitching. Byrnes was scared off by Dan Haren’s combination of price and medical history and the amount of years that Edwin Jackson requested. While many Padres are begging for any type of move, I would side with Byrnes’ logic.
Center reiterated that the Padres still have interest in bringing back both Tim Stauffer and Dustin Moseley on minor league deals. There has been no buzz that I have seen on the pair of right-handers. It would make sense to bring them back to win a job. Center also said that the Padres currently have no interest in former Marlins RHP Carlos Zambrano. Praise the lord on that one.
Center said that the Padres have “shopped several middle-infielders” in this offseason, although the only name that was mentioned specifically was Everth Cabrera. Like the Padres, many teams question Cabrera’s ability to handle the shortstop everyday. I do as well.
The rest of the chat is linked at the top. Some other interesting tidbits in there.