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