The San Diego Padres have won the offseason. Even with James Shields still on the market, it's going to be difficult to overtake what new general manager A.J. Preller has done.
Other teams have also gotten better -- for instance, the Chicago Cubs. Their hiring of Joe Maddon as manager may end up being the smartest thing any team did over these last few months.
Richard Justice is a columnist for MLB.com. Read his blog, Justice4U. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.