The San Diego Padres are an interesting team going into the 2013 season. Sure they can’t match the superstar power of their NL West rivals, San Francisco Giants or Los Angeles Dodgers. However, they have quietly put together a relatively strong team which prompts some to declare them a sleeper team this season and draw comparisons to the 2012 Orioles and A’s.
Even though this team should be more successful than past teams, there are still several glaring flaws which have yet to be addressed. Also fueling these flaws is the lack of big offseason moves seemingly promised by the Padres' front office. GM Josh Byrnes claimed to be targeting an ace starting pitcher for the staff, however, us Padre fans saw Dan Haren, Brandon McCarthy, Zach Greinke and other coveted pitchers sign with opposing clubs.
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