SAN DIEGO -- Veteran infielder Clint Barmes signed his one-year, $1.6 million deal on Dec. 3 -- a little before the Padres became cool.
Newly hired general manager A.J. Preller had just begun remaking a club that has been one of the big newsmakers of the offseason.
Thomas Harding is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.