About that off-season …
You’re wondering when the Padres are going to make a significant addition to their roster this winter.
I have a feeling the next few weeks will be interesting, especially with Spring Training five or so weeks away.
There’s still a bunch of interesting free agents out there, players who will likely see their asking price drop the closer we get to Spring Training.
Remember Bobby Abreu last year? He signed a deal with the Angels on Feb. 11 and it was an undervalued deal at that.
That’s not to say the Padres are going to make a big splash with a free agent signing. They won’t, not with a payroll in the $40 million range. But they could sign one or two players — I’m guessing you’ll see a veteran catcher first then the right-handed hitting center fielder — who can help them in 2010.
I’ve detailed a few of these names in my story on MLB.com and Padres.com today. Have a peek. I think Jerry Hairston Jr., the older brother of former Padre Scott Hairston, could make for an interesting fit. He could be the right-handed center fielder (Tony Gwynn plays against right-handed pitchers) and also spell Everth Cabrera and David Eckstein at times.
Who would you like to see the Padres sign?
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Corey Brock, MLB.com