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Let's face it, the San Diego Padres are in need of starting pitching—now and in 2014.
With Edinson Volquez and Jason Marquis hitting free agency in 2014, the Padres will surely have some interesting decisions to make after the 2013 season.
Ever since the departure of Jake Peavy, the Padres haven't had a dominant ace and it's about time the team steps up and tries to acquire a top-of-the-line pitcher to anchor the staff.
Though the Padres may not be able to afford 2014 free agent pitchers Tim Lincecum, Roy Halladay, Adam Wainwright or James Shields, there will be some decent free agents on the market that could be attainable.
Matt Garza, Gavin Floyd, Jason Vargas and Ricky Nolasco are four guys that will probably be out of the Padres budget constraints (who isn't these days), but would be fantastic additions—pending their 2013 results.
Hopefully, some of the Padres current question marks (Anthony Bass, Eric Stults, Tyson Ross, Casey Kelly, Cory Luebke, Andrew Cashner and Joe Wieland), will have decent seasons and leave the team with less to contemplate.
With guys like Keyvius Sampson, Donn Roach, Joe Ross and Matthew Wisler developing in the minors, maybe the Padres won't have too much to worry about in 2014.
Regardless, with the team's recent track-record of injuries and false promises from the front office, let's hope that 2014 will be the year our new ownership group puts its money where its mouth is and gets the starting pitchers that the Padre fans deserve.