Comments on: The Prestige of Small Payroll Baseball – San Diego Padres 2010 http://www.piratesprospects.com/2010/12/the-prestige-of-small-payroll-baseball-san-diego-padres-2010.html Your best source for news on the Pittsburgh Pirates and their minor league system. Tue, 18 Nov 2014 13:27:00 +0000 hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.0 By: dave perek http://www.piratesprospects.com/2010/12/the-prestige-of-small-payroll-baseball-san-diego-padres-2010.html#comment-1811 Mon, 20 Dec 2010 15:30:00 +0000 http://www.piratesprospects.com/?p=4749#comment-1811 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.

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