a 2008 San Diego Padres: A look at the Padres off-season
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San Diego Padres Off-Season Review

 

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.

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  • 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.

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  • Closer Trevor Hoffman signed a one-year $6 million deal with the Milwaukee Brewers, thus officially ending his 16-year tenure with the Padres.
  • Pitcher Mark Prior got a second chance with the Padres by signing a one-year deal. Prior had signed with the Padres in 2008, but wasn’t able to pitch and had to have shoulder surgery.
  • The Padres claimed pitcher Jae Kuk Ryu off of waivers from the Tampa Bay Rays.
  • Shortstop David Eckstein signed with the Padres for a one-year deal. Though he has played shortstop the majority of his career, he will be playing second base for the Padres in 2009.
  • Pitcher Heath Bell signed a one-year deal with the Padres. Bell will be the Padres’ new closer, taking the place of Hoffman.
  • Filling one of their biggest holes, the Padres signed catcher Henry Blanco to a one-year deal. Blanco will be a mentor to rookie catcher Nick Hundley, and will also spell Hundley when needed.
  • The Padres named first baseman Adrian Gonzalez as their MVP.

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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

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