Tony Gwynn Jr signs with the Dodgers

San Diego Padres center fielder Tony Gwynn makes a grab in the fourth inning against the Chicago Cubs at Wrigley Field in Chicago on August 18, 2010. UPI /Mark Cowan Photo via Newscom


A couple of day ago, Former San Diego All Star 1B was introduced as the Boston Red Sox new superstar that will carry the team for years to come. Today, the fan favorite, Tony Gwynn Jr signed with the rival Los Angeles Dodgers. It has just been a sad couple of days being a Padres fan.

Gwynn was mainly a fan favorite because his father has a statue sitting out in centerfield and was Mr. Padre. He provided some stunning defense for the team as well, but he just could not make anything happen with his bat. The Padres outfield already has Ryan Ludwick, Cameron Maybin, Wil Venable, and Chris Denorfia on the roster, so there are bigger holes for the Padres to fill before focusing on the 5th outfield position.

The Padres still are looking for starters at both the middle infield positions and now have a huge hole in the middle of their lineup and at 1B after the trade of Adrian Gonzalez. Free agents Derrek Lee, Lyle Overbay and Jorge Cantu all have been rumored at the 1B position, but middle infield looks to be the priority at the time.

The Padres did sign veteran pitcher Dustin Moseley to compete to be the 5th starter in the rotation. Manager Buddy Black is familiar with Moseley from their Anaheim Angel days and the team feels that a change in leagues and ballparks will help Moseley produce some good numbers for the team.

Dustin Moseley went 4-4 with a 4.96 ERA in 16 appearances, including nine starts for the Yankees last season. He was 8-7 with a 5.41 ERA in four years with the Angeles, with 23 starts in 64 appearances.

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