Padres 2020 Spring Training Preview: Players and positions to watch

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An overview of Goodyear Ballpark prior to a spring training game between the Cleveland Indians and the San Diego Padres. (Photo by Norm Hall/Getty Images)

We take an early look at some things to watch during Spring Training for the San Diego Padres in 2020.

With the start of Major League Baseball spring training just three weeks away, the San Diego Padres still have trade rumors swirling.

Almost all baseball pundits and evaluators agree that the present roster has some needs to be filled and several positions that are still not locked down.

Although no one can be sure how the roster will look on March 26 when the Friars take the field at Petco Park versus the Colorado Rockies, it is always entertaining to debate how things will shake out.

Barring a major trade(s), which I really hope happens, the Padres will have many players battling for open spots on the Opening Day lineup.

With 67 players reporting to Peoria, Ariz. for the start of spring training (pitchers and catchers report February 12 with the full squad reporting on February 17th) this spring promises to be an exciting time for Padres fans as the competition should be intense.

The first exhibition game will be played on February 22nd, the annual charity game against arch rival Seattle Mariners. The spring schedule ends March 23 versus the Cubs with two open dates to follow that usually include an exhibition against our Triple-A team in El Paso and an off day before the opener.

This season the spring broadcast schedule for the Padres will include 29 games via television, radio or audio streaming of the 31 games played (there are split squad dates).

Fox Sports San Diego will televise 13 games with the first telecast on Feb 25. The 15 radio broadcasts will be on 97.3 The Fan, the Padres radio partner.

There will be at least 10 games streamed on Padres.com that are not available on either TV or radio. Here is the full outline of the broadcast schedule via the Padres blog.

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