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Daily Friar 1.11.13 

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How are your new years resolutions coming along? Are they still going strong eleven days in? I’m not sure if the Padres front office made any resolutions this year, but if they did I’m sure it’s been broken already. Actually, I’m not even sure there is a front office with how quiet it has been. I take that back, there have been some whispers coming from the front office, however, mostly it’s been “no we don’t want to do that.” But if you look at some of the potential trades that have been reported, I really don’t blame Josh Byrnes for not doing anything. For instance Justin Upton’s name was being tossed around, but it probably would have been at the cost of Chase Headley. Quite frankly I am not pulling the trigger on that one. I bring up Upton because he was in the news yesterday as you will see below. Not a lot of direct Padres news today, but there is some relevant stuff so let’s get to it:
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In-season HGH testing to begin this year – MLB.com

“Under the changes, players will be subject to random unannounced in-season blood tests for human growth hormone, and baseline testosterone readings will be taken for all players to make it easier to detect the use of synthetic testosterone.”

Tony Gwynn has comments on the PED era – Gaslamp Ball

“We’re all guilty. Every one of us. Every player, every trainer, every general manager, every media person. We all suspected it, but there was no where to go. There was no where to take your argument.”

DBacks’ Justin Upton turns down trade to Seattle - MLB.com

“Upton, 25, has four clubs on a no-trade clause in his contract and one of those teams is the Mariners. He apparently declined to waive that clause after the two teams reached an agreement.”

Nationals sign Ross Ohlendorf – MLBTR

“The 30-year-old pitched 48 2/3 innings for the 2012 Padres, but posted a 7.77 ERA. He started nine games for San Diego and appeared in four more as a reliever, posting 7.2 K/9 and 3.3 BB/9.”

Kip Wells drawing interest from Mets – MLB Blogs

“Right-hander Kip Wells wants to pitch again in 2013. A baseball source said the Mets are among three interested teams, logical because of ties the Mets’ braintrust and Wells both have to San Diego.”

Shaun Marcum’s Winter of Silence – Fangraphs

“More than anything though, more than the elbow injury and poor finishes to the last two seasons, I think Marcum’s market has been relatively quite this winter because his margin for error is so much smaller than that of his peers.”

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About the author: Matt Rennick

Born and raised in San Diego and a Padres fan since day one. On that fateful night of September 6, 1989 when I came into this world, the game was on in the delivery room and the Padres beat the Astros and I have been forever engrained with Padre blood. I have followed sports my whole life and have written the Daily Friar for over a year and enjoy bringing all of you the news each morning.