SAN DIEGO -- When the Padres open the season on April 4 against the Dodgers, Matt Kemp will be the lone returning outfielder from the Opening Day lineup a year ago.
Justin Upton, who started in left field in 2015, left for free agency and landed a six-year deal with the Tigers. Wil Myers, who started in center field, is still with the team, only he'll likely be a first baseman moving forward.
SAN DIEGO -- With the start of Spring Training around the corner, MLB.com will preview the Padres by taking a glance at several areas of the team leading up to the report date for pitchers and catchers on Feb. 18.
The Padres, coming off a 74-88 season, won't head to Arizona with a revamped roster as they did a year ago under general manager A.J. Preller.
The Dodgers and Giants have ruled the National League West in recent seasons with dominant pitching, but the division also houses some serious offense. The Rockies and D-backs scored the most runs in the league in 2015, with the Giants coming in fifth.
Let's zero in on five pivotal NL West bats heading into Spring Training.
SAN DIEGO -- Last spring, Yangervis Solarte spent six weeks in Arizona preparing himself for a super-utility role. He actually had eight different gloves stored above his clubhouse locker at Spring Training, assuming he would bounce around the infield and outfield.
As it turns out, Solarte mostly needed just one glove in 2015 -- for third base.
Remodeled pitching staffs make the National League West one of the most unpredictable and fascinating of the six divisions as Spring Training approaches. Any number of arms could prove pivotal in a lively race. Here are five to watch:
1. Kenta Maeda, Dodgers
Division champions three years running with dominant starting pitching, the Dodgers can't replace what Zack Greinke gave them with one arm. But Maeda, polished and experienced on the international stage, is one of several who can help ease the impact of Greinke's move to Arizona.
SAN DIEGO -- Growing up in pastoral New Hampshire, in the shadow of the White Mountain National Forest, presented Don Orsillo with something akin to an idyllic childhood, save for a few fleeting moments of isolation.
"We were out in the woods," Orsillo said the other day. "I don't want to sound as if I'm dating myself here or anything. We had a television."
Welcome to our multi-part Around the Horn series, which features a position-by-position look at San Diego's projected starters and backup options going into Spring Training. We have already looked at the catchers, first base and second base. Today, we look at shortstop.
SAN DIEGO -- There will be no question mark facing the Padres in terms of who will play shortstop come Opening Day.
SAN DIEGO -- The Padres on Tuesday announced plans for their Community Caravanand their annual FanFest.
The caravan will encompass San Diego County and Tijuana on Feb. 11-13, and will include players, coaches, alumni, executives and broadcasters, along with the Pad Squad and the Swinging Friar at various events.
SAN DIEGO -- By no means was Kevin Towers an inexperienced general manager at the time he dealt a Minor League infielder by the name of David Freese to the Cardinals for veteran center fielder Jim Edmonds.
Truth be told, Towers was well into his long tenure (1995-2009) with the Padres when he shipped Freese, who had yet to play above Class A Advanced, to acquire Edmonds in December of 2007.
Corey Brock is a reporter for MLB.com. Keep track of @FollowThePadres on Twitter and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.
Embrace the brown with the Padres' newest uniforms
By Michael Clair |
One of the greatest things sports gives us is a kaleidoscope of colors, a full Lucky Charms-set of hues and styles that our teams wear out on the field. I'm not ashamed to admit that many of my sports fandoms simply come from my fascination with a logo or a design. The Padres are doing their part by bringing back the brown for 2016, embracing the unfairly maligned color and the one with a unique history to the team.
A multi-part Around the Horn series, which features a position-by-position look at San Diego's projected starters and backup options going into Spring Training. We have already looked at the catchers and first base. Today, we look at second base.
SAN DIEGO -- In his brief time in the big leagues, Cory Spangenberg has worn several gloves.