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Daily Friar 1.15.13 

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Here we are with another quiet day on the Padres side of things. The biggest news in San Diego right now is that Mike McCoy is going to be the new head coach for the Chargers. This is coming a matter of weeks after the season ended for the Chargers. What have the Padres done in the matter of months after the season ended? Yeah that’s what I thought. My frustration isn’t coming from the fact that we have been quiet, the frustration is coming from the fact that we haven’t done anything to improve. I am hoping that some of the in house guys step up this season and break through. This means that Nick Hundley is going to need to have a better season to make up for Yasmani Grandal’s absence. It will also mean that whenever we call up guys like Gyorko or Liriano, they are going to need to be studs out of the gate. It’s kind of hard to not make a move with a fourth place team and hope they improve next season. That’s just my thoughts and I’m sure you all have your own. Leave a comment below and let’s start a discussion. Here are your links for today:
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Yahoo takes a look at 2013 for the Padres

“For the first time in years, the Padres shouldn’t be an offensive pushover. They’ll have to hold on early with a rotation that should return Cory Luebke (Tommy John surgery) by the All-Star break and Andrew Cashner (thumb laceration) in May.”

Projected starting rotation for 2013 – Rant Sports

“The Padres were 29th in MLB in pitching WAR per Fangraphs.com. General manager Josh Byrnes has quite a challenge ahead of him to build an above average rotation, even in pitcher-friendly Petco Park.”

A look at payroll vs revenue – Fangraphs

“What we’re seeing is not many teams are spending on payrolls despite the fact that their profits are extraordinary. You’d expect teams to have their highest payrolls, but they don’t.”

Bob Melvin agrees to extension with A’s – MLB.com

“Beane gave a hefty nod of support to his manager on Monday, awarding Bob Melvin a two-year contract extension through the 2016 season — even though Melvin was already locked up through ’14.”

Diamondbacks extend J.J. Putz – MLBTR

“The Diamondbacks have agreed to sign J.J. Putz to a one-year extension that will keep him in Arizona through 2014, the team announced via Twitter. The LSW Baseball client will reportedly receive a $7MM salary in 2014.”

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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.