About that Padres pitching staff …

One of my most recent Hot Stove posts boasted this headline (done by me, of course): Padres: Pitching not required.

On Wednesday, the team signed right-hander Josh Johnson to a one-year deal worth $8 million.

So what do I know? Wait, don’t answer that.

Actually, in all fairness to myself, the Padres’ top priority this winter — and it still remains so — is finding a left-handed bat. They weren’t going to add a pitcher just for the sake of doing so.

But adding Johnson gives them not only depth but a top-of-the-rotation kind of arm to help fill an improved rotation, even if he carries some risk.

The Padres have more depth within their starting ranks than they’ve had in years, which leads me to believe it’s entirely possible that to land that left-handed bat — and I’m not talking a platoon guy — but someone with upside, that they could package some pitching together to make that happen.

Let’s look at the rotation candidates as it stands today (no specific order):

Andrew Cashner, Ian Kennedy, Johnson, Eric Stults, Tyson Ross, Burch Smith, Robbie Erlin, Joe Wieland, Cory Luebke with several other youngsters close, like highly-regarded Matt Wisler.

What’s the old saying? You can never have too much pitching. That’s probably true, but in order to get an impact bat, if they feel that’s their true need, they may have to part with with of the aforementioned arms and a prospect to do so.

– Corey Brock

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