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Daily Friar 12.9.12 

The Dodger are trying everything they can to make themselves competitive this year. The huge trade they pulled off last season didn’t pan out the way they thought it would, so they were going to do something in the off season to make a sudden push to the top again. As a Padres fan I am hoping they fall flat on their face. Especially after yesterday they signed Zack Greinke to a 6 year, 147 million dollar contract. On paper the one two punch of Kershaw and Greinke could look pretty daunting, but I think the Dodgers (who are starting to look like Yankees west) are going to fail just like they have done time and time again. In my opinion this is the Giants division to lose. The game will be a bit different next year though as far as competition due to more interleague games begin played. I wonder if that will come into play at all. So where does this put the Padres? It remains to be seen as we don’t know the full makeup of the team, but I think if the team stays healthy we can compete with the “top dogs.” Not many articles today, but there are a few so let’s get to them:
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Bill Center revisits some past trades – Union Tribune

“Padres fans who didn’t like the Anthony Rizzo-for-Andrew Cashner trade when it went down last Jan. 6 wasted no time revisiting the transaction Wednesday when it was learned that Cashner had lacerated a tendon in the thumb of his pitching hand in a hunting accident.”

Deep pitching core is all that is missing for the Padres – USA Today

“Sure, they need starting pitching. Then again, who doesn’t? The Padres have a wealth of candidates but no true aces, so they’re looking for more depth.”

Seedlings to Stars has the Topps Triple-A All Stars

“Each fall an all star roster of the top players from each level of the minor leagues is named, something done in conjunction between Minor League Baseball and the Topps Company for the past few years, with the final rosters being announced early last week. It’s no surprise how much talent adorns this roster.”



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.