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Daily Friar 1.23.13 

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I am at a loss for words. It’s kind of hard to talk or write about something that isn’t happening. We are in the doldrums of the offseason if you will. I guess you could say the whole offseason has been the doldrums for the Padres, but that is beside the point. By now most teams know what they are going to look like when it comes to Spring Training. Of course there are still some free agents out there, but none that the Padres will go after. As pointed out in the first article below, if the Padres sign anybody else it will be a couple of pitchers to minor league contracts mainly for depth. There have been names tossed around on that front like Daisuke Matsuzaka and Tim Stauffer. I expect the Padres will sign Stauffer to a minor league deal here shortly. Worst case scenario is we don’t use him, best case is he comes back to form and pitches lights out like we know he can. I expect by the beginning of next month we will have our answers. Here are your links for today:

Tim Stauffer looking for chance to keep pitching – Padres.com

“This summer, Stauffer hopes to have less idle time on his hands. A free agent, Stauffer is looking to sign with a team before the start of Spring Training, as the 30-year-old hopes to resume his pitching career.”

Top 10 catching prospects – MLB.com
Number 4 is Austin Hedges

“Quick, agile and possessor of an incredible arm, Hedges is an outstanding defender. When he was drafted, there were concerns about Hedges’ offensive potential but he had a good year at the plate in 2012.”

Seedlings to Stars Top Prospects #41-50
Number 49 is again Austin Hedges

“There have been rumblings for a year or two that Nick Hundley’s spot in San Diego isn’t safe long term and those rumblings will surely intensify as Hedges continues to climb through the minor leagues.”

TV deals changing the NL West landscape – The Friarhood

“A lot was made of the Padres TV deal last season, but upon further review the Padres will still be on the low end of things when all is said and done.”

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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.