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Padres look stronger up the middle

It wasn’t more than two days after the 2010 regular season ended when Padres general manager Jed Hoyer told reporters that he wanted the team to be stronger up the middle in 2011.

Hoyer then went out and traded for center fielder Cameron Maybin and shortstop Jason Bartlett and signed free second second baseman Orlando Hudson.

All three have made nice first impressions on Opening Day, as Maybin had a sliding catch in shallow center field on the first play of the game.

Bartlett and Hudson — with an assist to pitcher Tim Stauffer, of course — have combined to turn three double plays through the first five innings of Thursday’s game.

Strong up the middle, indeed.

— Corey Brock

Padres acquire Maybin, Marlins get relievers in trade

In a move to bolster their offense and defense, the Padres reeled in a big fish on Saturday, trading for Marlins outfielder Cameron Maybin, a former top prospect and first-round Draft pick.

The Marlins, who were seeking bullpen help, received two right-handed relievers, Ryan Webb and Edward Mujica, in the trade.

“We traded two good relievers from our bullpen. But we feel like we have some bullpen depth,” Padres general manager Jed Hoyer said. “We have a number of holes we need to fill. We feel like we filled one of them.”

In parts of four seasons with the Tigers and Marlins, Maybin hit .246 with 13 home runs and 45 RBIs in 548 at-bats, roughly the equivalent of a full Major League season for an everyday player.

Maybin fits the mold of the kind of player Hoyer, in his second year as GM, and his staff covets: young, athletic and a player who can play defense, especially in a big ballpark as PETCO Park is

Cody Ross still available

The Marlins aren’t going to force anything, but for the right price, they will trade outfielder Cody Ross by Saturday’s 4 p.m. ET Trade Deadline.

The Braves and Red Sox remain teams interested in Ross, who is batting .272 with nine homers and 52 RBIs.

Several other clubs could be in the mix, and the Marlins are on the fence of which direction to go with the outfielder.

One source said it may go down to whether the Marlins win or loss on Friday at the Padres.

Ross, who is making $4.45 million in his second season of arbitration, does not fit into the team’s long-range plans.

The Marlins on Thursday traded Jorge Cantu, and the team cleared all but $600,000 of the $2.2 million that remains on his $6 million deal.

A prime reason Cantu was dealt was because he didn’t fit into the club’s future.

The Marlins have several outfielders they are wanting to get a look at, including Bryan Petersen, Emilio Bonifacio and Cameron Maybin, who is in Triple-A New Orleans.

When the Marlins traded Cantu, the team noted that it was looking to position the roster for now and into the future. In 2012, they move into a retractable-roof ballpark, and they want to be as competitive as possible. Already, 20-year-old Mike Stanton is gaining valuable playing time in right field, and he projects to be a future star.

By moving Cantu on Thursday, prospect Logan Morrison was given the job in left field. The Marlins have high hopes for Morrison, who promises to be a centerpiece player in the years to come.

— Joe Frisaro