Corey Brock of MLB.com reported via Twitter that the Padres have not been pursuing RHP Shaun Marcum and LHP Joe Saunders, despite their rotational needs.
Both Marcum and Saunders would be solid additions to the Padres rotation. However, they are about to exit their prime.
San Diego is a young team that can't afford to pay a hefty sum for aging pitchers.
Marcum's 3.70 ERA was his highest in four seasons. The 31-year-old also missed two months last season due to a bum elbow.
Saunders, also 31, posted a mediocre 4.07 ERA during his stints with the Arizona Diamondbacks and the Baltimore Orioles.
The risk of signing these pitchers is not worth the reward when considering the Padres' fiscal situation and need for young talent.