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Daily Friar 12.10.12 

It is known that the Padres are looking for starting pitching depth. Preferably they are looking for someone that can come cheap, or someone that they can get via trade that won’t take a lot to get. I understand the Padres philosophy of waiting for the right piece, but if they wait any longer there won’t be a right piece left. I for one am tired of minor league signings in hopes of them making the major league squad. The Padres are stuck in the small ball ideal that they have to catch lightning in a bottle for something to work. This makes sense when they have been linked to guys like Dice-K, or last season with Ross Ohlendorf, Jason Marquis, Jeff Suppan and Eric Stults. I bring this up because we all know about the Greinke signing for the Dodgers. Well now they have also signed Korean left-hander Hyun-Jin Ryu. Also the Royals have acquired James Shields and Wade Davis from the Ray, it took the top prospect in baseball to do it, but they got it done. I’m saying that it is time for the Padres to dangle some of their prospects out there to get a return, instead of trading away their proven talent for more prospects. I know a lot of people don’t like dealing with the enemy, but I think we should start talking to the Dodgers. They have 8 starting pitchers for 5 spots. We should be able to pull at least one away from them. This is the Daily Friar and there are some articles below, but it is very minimal, so I thought I would share my opinion a bit, but let’s get to those links now:
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Fangraphs looks at Cameron Maybin’s fantasy value

“However, there’s some evidence which points to a late-season renaissance, especially in Maybin’s power stroke, that, when coupled with a regression to a more realistic 0.315ish BABIP, could provide sneaky value for a still 26 year-old at the end of most drafts.”

A look back at this date in Padres history – Gaslamp Ball

“Do you remember when the Padres traded Ozzie Smith to the Cardinals? I don’t. It happened ten months to the day before I was born so I wasn’t even man-aisse yet.”

Everth Cabrera and the starting shortstop position – Chicken Friars

“I know that I will be anxious to see what Cabrera can do if he is indeed given the opportunity to put the clamps on the starting job at Shortstop.”

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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.