Who’s Actually on the Padres Now? Here’s Your Program


The Padres have made a ton of moves this off-season. Bringing in All-Star outfielders and catchers. Trading for hard-throwing relievers. Making three-team, 11-player trades. It’s hard to tell who’s left without a program.

Here’s your program.

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Below is a position-by-position breakdown of which 2014 Padres remain with the team, which are gone, and who the newcomers are. (This column is dated 1/13/14. Any changes A.J. Preller has made since then may render this list obsolete.)

Catcher: There are no catchers coming back from 2014. Rene Rivera and Yasmani Grandal were traded to Tampa Bay and the Dodgers, respectively. Nick Hundley was traded midseason last year.

The new catchers are Derek Norris, acquired from the A’s, and Tim Federowicz, who came from the Dodgers.

First base: Yonder Alonso returns, as does Tommy Medica.

Kyle Blanks was traded during the season last year for Jake Goebbert. Last week, Goebbert was designated for assignment, so his status for next season is uncertain.

Second base: Jedd Gyorko will be back. Cory Spangenberg is still with the team.

Short-time additions from 2014, Brooks Conrad and Irving Falu, are gone. Jace Peterson went to Atlanta in the Upton trade.

Shortstop: Alexi Amarista returns.

Everth Cabrera is gone, released shortly after the end of the season.

The newcomer at shortstop is Clint Barmes, signed as a free agent.

Third Base: Yangervis Solarte returns.

Chris Nelson elected free agency after being DFA’ed, and was signed by the Phillies. Chase Headley was traded mid-season last year.

Will Middlebrooks was acquired in a trade with the Red Sox.

Outfield: Returnees include Carlos Quentin, Cameron Maybin, Will Venable, Rymer Liriano, and Abraham Almonte.

Gone are Seth Smith (traded to Mariners), Chris Denorfia, (traded midseason to Mariners, just signed with the Cubs), Xavier Nady (DFA’ed midseason last year), and Jeff Francoeur (elected free agency).

You may have heard something about the new outfielders: Matt Kemp, Justin Upton, Wil Myers.

Starting Pitchers: The big three are coming back – Andrew Cashner, Tyson Ross, and Ian Kennedy. Odrisamer Despaigne and Robbie Erlin also return this year. The Padres declined Josh Johnson’s option, but then re-signed him as a free agent.

Gone is Jesse Hahn (traded to the A’s). Eric Stults was released after the season.

Expected back from injuries this year are Casey Kelly and Cory Luebke.

Brandon Morrow was signed as a free agent.

Bullpen: Closers Joaquin Benoit and Kevin Quackenbush will anchor the bullpen this season. Other returnees from last year’s top-ranked bullpen include Dale Thayer, Nick Vincent, and Alex Torres and his hat. Also returning are Frank Garces and Leonel Campos.

Players who spent some time in the bullpen or as spot starters, but who are no longer with the organization are Blaine Boyer (free agent – signed with Twins), Donn Roach (claimed off waivers by Cubs), Joe Wieland (traded to Dodgers), Jason Lane (outrighted), R.J. Alvarez (traded to A’s), Troy Patton (DFA’ed, elected free agency), Billy Buckner (outrighted, signed with Brewers), and Hector Ambriz (released).

Traded away midseason was Huston Street. Long-time Padre Tim Stauffer became a free agent, and signed with the Twins.

Newcomers to the bullpen include Shawn Kelley and Brandon Maurer.

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