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. To get your fix of Winter Meetings updates, check in with MLB.com and padres.com regularly. We'll bring you the news as it happens from Nashville. 2007 finish: 89-74, third place in the National League West 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.
Corey Brock is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.