The San Diego Padres come into camp this morning with a new vigor. After improving this team greatly, no matter what the price, the franchise should have some extra confidence that wasn’t there last week.
Peoria, AZ is sure to be abuzz this morning with the arrival of Eric Hosmer at the San Diego Padres‘ training facilities. But other than the new face, the Friars will surely be going on about their business as if nothing has changed.
That’s likely been the mantra of Padres manager Andy Green behind closed doors. Nothing has changed as far as how the team will prepare for the season. Sure, a few players may be manning new positions.
Heck, the Padres may not even be done setting their roster for the upcoming season. But aside from what’s on GM A.J. Preller’s agenda, things should be business-as-usual on the inside of the fences.
What does the Hosmer signing mean for Hunter Renfroe? Or for Jose Pirela? That’s yet to be determined. But one thing is for sure; the San Diego Padres have a lot more talent in their camp than they did on Saturday morning.
What to look forward to this week for the San Diego Padres
The San Diego Padres begin their Cactus League games this week, starting with a 1:10 pm matchup with the Seattle Mariners on Thursday. It should be interesting to see how Andy Green decides to piece together his batting order now that there’s a shiny, new piece to plug into the top half.
Mostly this week, the Friars will be getting familiar with their new teammate. Some Padres players will be getting comfortable in their new positions. Others will continue to try to get noticed by giving their all, hoping to make the coaching staff’s decisions at the end of camp that much harder.
One thing can be counted on, though. Every player in Peoria, AZ this week will have one main underlying goal to achieve. That is to do whatever they can to make the San Diego Padres a better team. GM A.J. Preller is leading the way in this category after his heroics over the weekend. Now, it’s up to everyone else to make the most of this opportunity.