The Padres: 2010, looking ahead …

As promised, a day after we bid farewell to the 2009 season — for some of you, apparently, it was not quick enough — let’s look ahead to the 2010 season.

Now, with a new GM coming aboard, we don’t know exactly how he’ll handle the roster moving forward, what he’ll see as needs, etc.

But we do know how outgoing GM Kevin Towers would have gone about the job. I talked to him during the final days of the regular season, and this was his, if you will, off-season wish list.

1. Right-handed hitter, preferably for center field
2. Another starting pitcher
3. Help for the bench, likely someone to backup Eckstein and Cabrera
4. Another left-handed reliever
5. Making a decision on the catching position. Retaining Blanco or finding an upgrade.

Here’s a position-by-position breakdown of the Padres moving forward.

Given the Padres won’t be big players in the free agent market, what would you like to see them do moving forward? Do you trade Heath Bell or Adrian Gonzalez, keep one, keep them both? What is the missing piece?

Corey Brock, MLB.com, Padres.com, @FollowThePadres

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