2011 Padres: A Progress Report
So here we are at the end of December 2010 and the front office of the San Diego Padres has been much more active this off-season than at this same time last year. We can all remember the anxiety with which we approached last season at this time. Jed Hoyer was our new GM and there were a lot of holes to fill on the roster. Trepidation reigned throughout the land as loyal Padres fans wondered if Doogie (our fond nickname at the time) could come through and give us a team worth rooting for in 2010.
Jedi (as he is currently referred to) came through with flying colors and had a successful inaugural season, supplying San Diego fans with a better than expected product on the field. Now with Jed in his second season as Padres GM, we all are in a similar state of uneasiness. Most of the core players of the 90 win, 2010 Padres are gone and the experts are once again picking the Padres to perform below the rest of the division for 2011.
While there is still a lot of off- season to go, much of the Padres 40 man roster is set. Barring any unforeseen surprises, we already have a pretty good idea of the starting 8 for the beginning of he season. It is generally opined that Jed may still add a pitcher or two to increase spring training competition plus a utility infielder to add depth but the budget does not allow for any high priced talent to fill those roles. While Hoyer recently stated that there was still some money to spend, the general perception is the budget will not go above 45 million and the as yet unannounced Brad Hawpe signing, along with arbitration salaries, should take them above 40 million.