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Losing Torrealba Hurt A Bit

Yorvit Torrealba batted over .400 with runners in scoring position. He also provided relative pop late in games and on the defensive side of the ball he had his highest percentage of throwing runners out for his career. Basically, Torrealba was a legit back up catcher and good enough to take the full reins as a starter for any team. He went from destroying the Padres on an annual basis playing for teams like the Giants and Rockies, to providing the much needed inspiration and motivation the Padres needed in 2010. Having just that much leadership ability to bring the team success.

Now he is gone, and that saddens even the casual fan of the Padres because he was so valuable and gave the team what they needed. Others that followed were Jon Garland (seeking a three year deal and security), and Chris Young (too expensive to keep for no guarantee of being healthy). The two pitching departures the team can live with simply because they have a very talented young rotation in Clayton Richard, Mat Latos, and Tim Stauffer. The Padres are too good and too talented in every facet of the field that letting a proven veteran like Torrealba go might just end up costing them. What they need now to correct that is to find a veteran backstop who knows how to handle a team in a pressure situation. Now that Brad Ausmus is apart of the front office, the choices just got more minuscule.

The Padres are just one veteran backstop, a player with pop off the bench, and a veteran starting pitcher away from going deep into the postseason. A small payroll, and a group of young players with barely any major league service time, and they still came within a win of making the postseason in 2010. That goes to show you that they have the heart and determination to compete in the league for seasons to come. Now with the right pieces and the add-ons mentioned above, they're primed for a World Series berth in 2011. They already have the attitude and the talent, all they need now is more leadership.

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