Comments on: The Prestige of Small Payroll Baseball – San Diego Padres 2010 Your best source for news on the Pittsburgh Pirates and their minor league system. Tue, 18 Nov 2014 13:27:00 +0000 hourly 1 By: dave perek Mon, 20 Dec 2010 15:30:00 +0000 I am a Pirates fan who moved a block and a half from Petco Park a few weeks back. I have started monitoring the Padres as I will be going to a bunch of games this season. I agree that the Padres success last season was a bit of a mirage. I think the Padres know that as well which is why they acquired veterans like Tejada last season to make a run then dealt Gonzalez this season.

However, I think ultimately the team has a vision of what they want to be. By getting Bartlett and Maybin for middle relief pitchers (which the Pirates would agree are somewhat interchangeable) and Hudson as a free agent, the Padres are building a team that plays to the their stadium. I don’t think they will be a playoff defensive team but they could be pretty tough at home.