Padres moves immiment?
The Winter Meetings are set to begin a week from Monday in Orlando.
Could the Padres be done filling their off-season needs before getting on a plane for Florida? Or could they be completely finished by the time they leave the Sunshine State?
“In the next week or two, there could be some activity,” Padres general manager Josh Byrnes said Saturday.
The Padres have already added a starting pitcher to their stable of arms, when they signed free agent Josh Johnson to a one-year deal worth $8 million.
Now the attention goes back to their primary off-season need, which is finding a left-handed hitter. We (sort of) know this: The team will add a bat through a trade and not free agency. And that player will likely be an outfielder.
The Padres are also looking to add a left-handed reliever to balance the bullpen.
To be sure, this could be a far different winter than the ones Byrnes has previously had in San Diego — where he made three notable trades (Mat Latos to the Reds for four players, getting Carlos Quentin from the White Sox and Andrew Cashner from the Cubs) after Dec. 17.
By then, Byrnes could essentially be finished shaping the 2014 roster. Stay tuned.
– Corey Brock