About that off-season …

I know.

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

4 Comments

As a backup catcher, a Jason Larue would be nice, not to many other vets out there catcher wise. To fill in at OF, I would like to see a Chris Duncan or X-Nady although I hear the price on X, is high.
I also like the though of Reed Johnson in the OF. He can hit, has some pop and is intimidating at the plate. He plays hard out there. As for Infield, K. Greene, former Padre is not the answer. I would go with Melvin Mora, although he might also be pricey. I don’t know what his price tag would be, but Mora is a player I would go to ballpark to see play. Even with the likes of a former Padre in Mark Loretta, I would go for. This guy is a leader, a proven complete player, showing guys how to do the small stuff. Loretta can hit and never did want to leave San Diego. He would go for 1 mil. to be in San Diego, wouldn’t he? I think so. He already lives in near by North county. I can’t really say im a big fan of Jerry Hairston Jr. as much as I was a fan to Scott Hairston. Will see what happens next few weeks.

As a backup catcher, a Jason Larue would be nice, not to many other vets out there catcher wise. To fill in at OF, I would like to see a Chris Duncan or X-Nady although I hear the price on X, is high.
I also like the though of Reed Johnson in the OF. He can hit, has some pop and is intimidating at the plate. He plays hard out there. As for Infield, K. Greene, former Padre is not the answer. I would go with Melvin Mora, although he might also be pricey. I don’t know what his price tag would be, but Mora is a player I would go to ballpark to see play. Even with the likes of a former Padre in Mark Loretta, I would go for. This guy is a leader, a proven complete player, showing guys how to do the small stuff. Loretta can hit and never did want to leave San Diego. He would go for 1 mil. to be in San Diego, wouldn’t he? I think so. He already lives in near by North county. I can’t really say im a big fan of Jerry Hairston Jr. as much as I was a fan to Scott Hairston. Will see what happens next few weeks.

There are lots of pitchers out there who can help the Padres that have major league experience but have been languishing in the minors. One of those is Nate Field. He played with KC for 2002-2005 and has pitche in 89 major league games. He was a leader in saves at the minor league level including being selected for the Minor League all star game 3 years ago. He has been the last cut by the Marlins and the Mets the last 2 years pitching in New Orleans during that time. He would have been called up if he hadn’t had some much MLB experience and is out of options. During the last 3 years he has almost 40 saves in Triple A. I think the Padres should at least invite him to Spring Training as he has already lived inside low payroll situations with KC.

One name I have heard linked to SD for a few years now has been Brad Ausmus. Not so much this off season though. I am a little surprised by this. Ausmus, widely known for his smarts, would be a great leader in the clubhouse, and undoubtedly help out Nick Hundley very much. I would love to see him on the field for us. On another note, I cant help but feel our outfield is getting a little crowded as well, especially if we sign another guy. I have never been the biggest fan of Kouz, and would like to see him traded and let Headley move up to his natural position and see what he can do there. I read earlier today that Hoyer has contract offers out to 3 players, and I would love to see Reed Johnson be one of those guys as well.

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