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Almost All the Roster Moves Are Done, Who's the 1st Baseman?

Hey there Padres fans. We came so close last year to greatness and having our players get that ultimate payday and award, until falling short and going home empty handed. But we still managed to win over a lot of purists in the game and get the naysayers to put us in contention this year, so at the end of the day, we managed to get some positivity out of it.

This past November we received Cameron Maybin from the Florida Marlins and sent away two of our relievers in the process from our strong bullpen. Only one of those two relievers was consistently reliable but they're both gone nonetheless. Maybin will provide that much needed Carl Crawford-like speed we have been desperately needing at the top of our lineup. After that, we received Eric Patterson from the Boston Red Sox in the infamous Adrian Gonzalez trade earlier this month. He was the player to be named later and will provide exceptional depth in the outfield spot off the bench and give our regulars Will Venable and Chris Denorfia some rest throughout the season. There are also rumors that Patterson can play back up infield.

Trade talks stalled for a couple weeks with the Padres and Rays over Jason Bartlett, and if Cesar Ramos the relief pitcher is healthy after being put on the Disabled List. Well, it turned out he was healthy and he was only put on the Disabled List due to the Padres having to make room for other players on the roster so it ended up working out and Bartlett was officially acquired and is now officially the starting second baseman for the Padres. His double play partner will be none other than Orlando Hudson, the "O-Dog" acquired from the Minnesota Twins and will serve a multi-year campaign. So we have a fabulous outfield with speed and defense, an even better infield with great defense and instincts, and pretty good depth in the batter's box as well.

Not to mention our pitching is out of this world with the strongest bullpen in the National League arguably, and we didn't have to surrender any of our core arms in Adams, Gregorson or Bell. The newly acquired Aaron Harang, who is a notorious fly ball pitcher will get to re-master his craft in spacious Petco Park. With Mat Latos anchoring a tough starting rotation, the 2011 San Diego Padres are a force to be reckoned with. Everyone though 2010 was a surprise? Just wait until 2011 rolls around with fresh new faces and veterans up the yin yang. Who will be the opening day first baseman? There have been rumors of Russell Branyan, Brad Hawpe, even Adam Laroche and Derrek Lee. Even Nick Johnson was thrown in to the mix. If I had my say on this, I say they should get Russell Branyan or Troy Glaus. We need power at that position and can't just rely on Ryan Ludwick to provide pop. It'll be a win-win, let's have it happen front office. Here is to a good year!

1 comment:

  1. Prince Fielder for first, just kidding. I like the Russell Branyan option with a plan "B" in reserve.