Saturday, January 9, 2010

Padres current roster has four players making over a million dollars

The Padres really haven't done much this off-season.  They traded fan favourite P Jake Peavy last season to the White Sox saving over $40M in the process, but didn't spend any of the money they saved so far.  A few arbitration eligible players such as 3B Kevin Kouzmanoff and P Kevin Correia earned raises which lifted the payroll a little higher, but nothing to break the bank about!  The team, which has been competitive since opening new Petco Park in 2004, has one big superstar in 1B Adrian Gonzalez and that's about it.  Recent reports had them shopping their best player to the Braves or Red Sox, but no deal has happened just yet.  If the Padres have only $5-8 M still to spend on helping with this projected lineup and rotation listed below, they better get lucky on the players they choose if they even want to win 50 games.  The team payroll as it stands now will be around $30-35M (only 4 players presently make over $1M on the team).  The Yankees Alex Rodriguez is due to make $33M next season alone.

A. Gonzalez
Projected Lineup
CF Tony Gwynn Jr .270 AVG, 59 R, 11 SB
2B David Eckstein .260 AVG, 27 doubles
1B Adrian Gonzalez .277 AVG, 40 HR, 99 RBI
3B Kevin Kouzmanoff  .255 AVG, 15 HR, 88 RBI
RF Kyle Blanks 54 games, 10 HR *rising star
C Nick Hundley .238 AVG, 8 HR
LF Chase Headley  .262 AVG, 12 HR
SS Everth Cabrera .255 AVG, 25 SB
P Pitcher Spot

C. Young
Projected Rotation
Chris Young (4-6, 5.21 ERA) will make  $6.375M in 2010
Kevin Correia (12-11, 3.91 ERA)
Clayton Richard (acquired from White Sox in Peavy deal) (5-2, 4.08 ERA for Padres)
Mat Latos (4-5, 4.62 ERA)
Tim Stauffer (4-7, 3.58 ERA)
Aaron Poreda (acquired from White Sox for Peavy) 4 games played in 2009 for Padres

Wade LeBlanc, Edward Mujica and looking at Noah Lowry and Josh Fogg still

I like the young rotation, but with no offence, power in particular, the pitching will have to almost be perfect if they even want to strive for 70 wins.

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