Padres: Pitching not required
It’s no secret the Padres — especially playing in a big ballpark — have tried to built their team with run prevention in mind.
That equates to pitching and defense. Lather, rinse, repeat.
This winter, the team hasn’t placed pitching atop their off-season wish list. They’re reasonably happy with the arms and the depth they have for the rotation going into 2014.
There are plenty of candidates for five spots — Andrew Cashner, Tyson Ross, Ian Kennedy and Eric Stults are essentially assured of spots. Robbie Erlin, Burch Smith, Joe Wieland, Cory Luebke (if healthy) will be in the mix and young arms like Juan Oramas, Matt Wisler, Matt Andriese, Donn Roach and Keyvius Sampson might not be far off.
That’s not the say the Padres will turn their back on arms this winter. However, a deal — and any additions would likely come through trade, not free agency — would only be for a front of the rotation type starter or someone who offers long-term value.
Instead, the Padres will focus mostly on finding a left-handed bat after the team went through a woeful season against right-handed pitchers.
– Corey Brock