Don't be fooled. Padres general manager A.J. Preller had a plan for rebuilding the organization when he took the job a year ago, and he hasn't deviated from it.
Yes, he took a gamble last offseason, trading prospects for veterans, looking to see if he could provide a spark to the franchise and stir up fan interest. It didn't work. But it was a calculated gamble. It wasn't one in which he mortgaged the future.
Tracy Ringolsby is a columnist for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.