Padres moving on from Gonzalez

A day after the Padres completed their five-player trade that involved sending three-time All-Star first baseman Adrian Gonzalez to Boston, Padres general manager Jed Hoyer was finally able to move on and go about filling holes for 2011.

There are a lot of them, too.

The Padres need a first baseman, at least for one year, a second baseman, shortstop, a backup catcher and a starting pitcher.

The Padres have been linked to free agent Jorge Cantu, who can play first base and third base and could provide some right-handed power. Another option might be left-handed hitting Lyle Overbay, who is also a free agent.

Though PETCO Park doesn’t set up well for left-handed power hitters, Overbay is more of a doubles guy who could fit the ballpark. He’s also a plus-defender and the Padres certainly covet defense.

— Corey Brock,


Will the Padres swap some of the newly acquired “potential” talent to the Cards for Brendan Ryan?

Derek Lee might just cost a bit more than they’re willing to pay, we’ll see. But, ideally, Lyle Overbay would be a great guy to go get, considering his capacity to get on base, hit those doubles, and play grade A defense at first. I would think that both Black ad Hoyer will be big on run prevention and having guys in the infield that will help a pitchers’ ERA. Overbay, is that kind of guy.

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