The two best teams in the NL failed to reach the playoffs. Those two teams were the San Diego Padres and the New York Mets. However, many (including me) feel that one or both teams got treated unfairly by the umpires. In other words, Matt Holliday STILL hasn't touched home plate, and C.B. Buckner would interference if the ball was hit on a line drive to center field if there was a player leading off first (referring to the Marlon Anderson "interference" call). Anyway, before I start to bring the Mets into a non Mets article again, lets get to the Padres off-season acquisitions:
-Acquired first baseman-outfielder Justin Huber from the Kansas City Royals for a player to be named
-Signed first baseman Tony Clark Diamondbacks to a one-year contract.
-Claimed pitcher Enrique Gonzalez off waivers from the Washington Nationals.
-Signed Mark Prior to a one-year contract.
-Signed infielder Tadahito Iguchi to a one-year contract.
-Acquired outfielder Jim Edmonds from the St. Louis Cardinals for infielder David Freese.
-Signed pitchers Shawn Estes and Glendon Rusch on minor league contracts.
-Signed pitcher Randy Wolf to a one-year contract.
SP1: Jake Peavy
SP2: Chris Young
SP3: Greg Maddux
SP4: Randy Wolf
SP5: Justin Germano
CL: Trevor Hoffman
C: Josh Bard
1B: Adrian Gonzalez
2B: Tad Iguchi
SS: Khalil Greene
3B: Kevin Kouzmanoff/Chase Headly
LF: Chase Headly/Jody Gerut
CF: Jim Edmonds/Scott Hairston
RF: Brian Giles
Easiest- The Padres will have the best pitching staff in the NL West.
Boldest- Jim Edmonds will hit 20-30 HRs and have an average between .290 and .300.
Team MVP/Best Season- Jake Peavy (16-18 wins, 225-240 Ks)
Best Hitter- Adrian Gonzalez (30-35 HRs, 100-120 RBI)
Breakout Player- Chase Headly (15-20 HR)