The Padres have been relatively quiet so far this offseason, but that's expected to change in the coming weeks, especially with the Winter Meetings in Nashville, Tenn., set to run from Monday through Thursday.
The Padres have some decisions to make regarding whether to offer arbitration to catcher Michael Barrett and outfielder Milton Bradley, who are both Type A free agents and would net the Padres two Draft picks each next June should they sign elsewhere.
Finding another bat for the lineup is the Padres' biggest offseason need, and the team has already shown interest in free-agent outfielder Geoff Jenkins and an expected Japanese import, outfielder Kosuke Fukudome.
The Padres are looking at starting pitchers as well, though they won't overspend in free agency to get them. Matt Clement, who began his career with the Padres, figures to be a target. So does Randy Wolf.
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Deals so far:
The Padres re-signed pitcher Greg Maddux to a one-year deal worth $10 million, claimed infielder Luis Rodriguez off waivers from the Twins in October and claimed pitcher Mauro Zarate off waivers from the Marlins last month. They also signed outfielder Chip Ambres, infielders Edgar Gonzalez and Marshall McDougall and pitcher Adam Bass to Minor League contracts and invited them to Spring Training.
Players eligible for arbitration:
Catcher Josh Bard, third baseman Morgan Ensberg, outfielders Terrmel Sledge and Jason Lane, left-hander Wilfredo Ledezma and shortstop Khalil Greene.
Outfielders Mike Cameron, Milton Bradley, right-handers Doug Brocail and Brett Tomko and catcher Michael Barrett. Infielder Geoff Blum signed a one-year deal with Houston, while the Padres declined their 2008 options on second baseman Marcus Giles and outfielder Rob Mackowiak. Outfielder Brady Clark was released last month.
The Padres are looking for offensive upgrades, particularly in center field, as Cameron is a free agent and might not return. San Diego is also looking for two arms for the back end of its rotation to follow Jake Peavy, Chris Young and Maddux. The Padres are also interested in finding a relief pitcher to handle the seventh inning and more help for their bench.
The Padres have done a very nice job in rebuilding a Minor League system that was devoid of top-tier talent. But the team is thought to be averse to moving such players like third baseman Chase Headley or pitcher Will Inman or a handful of other pitching prospects. They might have to, however, in order to make upgrades to their 25-man roster. The team also can dangle one of its two left-handed relievers, Joe Thatcher and Justin Hampson.
Corey Brock is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.