The Padres Prepare for 2011
The Padres need to fill five major holes through Free Agency or through trade. Jed Hoyer’s emphasis will be on starting pitching. He would like to add two starting pitchers, a second baseman, shortstop, and a backup catcher. While I believe the Padres could easily sign a Free Agent short stop, such as Orlando Cabrera and fill second base with a table setter like Orlando Hudson, I believe Hoyer might have a better chance acquiring a young controllable second baseman and short stop through a trade rather than signing another Free Agent, given their financial limitations.
My guess is that Hoyer is looking everywhere for young middle infielders on teams that need a closer (Bell) or young starting pitching. If we acquired a player like Brett Lawrie, (Brewers) we would probably have to sign a one year stop gap Like Orlando Hudson, or trade for a guy like J.J. Hardy, Marco Scutaro, or Jason Bartlett. Here’s some other guys I think the Padres should take a look at: