The Padres didn’t make many big moves this off-season. There were no blockbuster trades, no huge free agent signings, but they did fulfill their needs.
The Padres acquired their “players to be named later” from the Dodgers through the Greg Maddux trade, pitchers Michael Watts and Eduardo Perez. The prospects were highly regarded by the Dodgers’ organization.
The Padres announced the signing of two new coaches, hitting coach Jim Lefebvre and bench coach Tim Simmons.
Padres first baseman Adrian Gonzalez won his first Gold Glove.
The Padres picked up right fielder Brain Giles’ 2009 option for $9 million.
The Padres offered a $4 million, one-year deal to closer Trevor Hoffman, but pulled the offer off the table when Hoffman did not respond after a few weeks.
The Padres announced their 40 th anniversary celebration in 2009.
The Padres traded shortstop Khalil Greene to the St. Louis Cardinals for pitcher Mark Worrell and a player to be named later.
Pitcher Greg Maddux announced his retirement. He pitched for the Padres for one and a half seasons.
Center fielder Jody Gerut avoided arbitration by signing a one-year $1 million deal with the Padres.
Pitchers Kevin Correia, Chris Britton, and Oneli Perez were signed by the Padres. These pitchers will get good looks in Spring Training.
Jeff Moorad resigned as CEO of the Arizona Diamondbacks to pursue purchasing the Padres.
Outfielder Scott Hairston avoided arbitration by signing a one-year deal with the Padres.
Pitcher Jake Peavy announced that he would be pitching for Team USA in the World Baseball Classic.
Looking back at this offseason, the Padres did make a lot of moves. But most of the guys they signed were to one-year contracts. So, it looks as if the Padres will have another busy offseason next year. They will probably do the same thing as this year, signing minor league free agents and cheap players. But we’re getting ahead of ourselves. Baseball is right around the corner, and we’ve got a long season ahead.
By Kaity Bergquist MLBCenter.com San Diego Padres Correspondent