Padres singular need: Starting pitching

No, this isn’t news.

A month ago, when the Padres were still in the thick of the National League West race, they were looking for starting pitching to bolster their rotation.

Now, even after tumbling out of the race due to a bad month of July, the Padres still need starting pitching — not so much for the rest of 2013 but for 2014 and beyond.

It’s a strong possibility that the trio of Jason Marquis (Tommy John surgery), Clayton Richard and Edinson Volquez won’t return in 2014.

That leaves Andrew Cashner, Eric Stults and Tyson Ross as the leading candidates for starting jobs in 2014. Go ahead and add two players coming off Tommy John surgery, Cory Luebke and Joe Wieland, to that mix as well.

The Padres know they need to add starting pitching between now and the start of Spring Training and they have a few interesting pieces they could sell high on, no more so than reliever Luke Gregerson.

Going into Saturday’s game against the D-backs, the Padres had a starting pitcher go seven or more innings just 20 times in the first 104 games of the season.

The Padres would love to add a pitcher that they can control through 2014 (and, if possible, beyond).

Their best chance to do so could come between now and Wednesday’s deadline. If not, they’ll try to strike a deal in the off-season.

Either way, the team will add starting pitching. It’s just a matter of when.

– Corey Brock

1 Comment

The team WILL add starting pitching? I mean, they’ll HAVE to, since they only have three guys to take part in the rotation next year, along with a bunch of question marks. If the Padres were serious about adding arms, they would’ve done something THIS offseason (besides re-signing Marquis). I think this next offseason will be much like the last – “Well, we WANTED to add an SP or two, but the price was too high, and we didn’t want to mortgage the future. But we feel confident with what we have, and we like our chances.”

Is there really a playoff bound team that would want Gregerson that would part with a decent starter? Seems like odd logic to me. Hopefully I’m wrong.

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