Padres: Thumper wanted (and a pitcher) …
As the Padres open the second half of the season on Friday, they do so with a two-game lead in the National League West and a short list of ‘wants’ to add to their 25-man roster.
Pecking order? It’s something like 1a and 1b, as the Padres are having, what first-year general manager Jed Hoyer says, are “a lot of discussions” with teams.
The Padres seek another starting pitcher for their staff, as they’re watching the innings of not only 22-year-old Mat Latos but Clayton Richard and Wade LeBlanc. Could Jeremy Guthrie, Ted Lilly or Jake Westbrook fit here?
The Padres have said they’ll add payroll if needed.
The Padres also covet a bat, preferably someone who can help a lineup that has the third-worst home run total in the National League (behind Houston and Pittsburgh). Maybe Miguel Tejada makes sense? Sure, he’s not the thumper he once was but the Padres would love to get more offensively from the shortstop position and have someone to spell Chase Headley at third base on occasion.
Stay tuned, things could get interesting.