The San Diego Padres' projected 25-man roster is full of players who have performed at a high level in the majors. The question of whether they can all play at a high level and/or stay healthy at one time is what makes this team an enigma.
With an impressive core of talent, all in the prime of their career, they certainly appear capable of competing for a playoff spot.
But will slugger Carlos Quentin ever stay healthy for an entire season? Will Everth Cabrera be the All-Star shortstop he was in 2013 before a 50-game PED suspension ended his season? Will Yasmani Grandal, who showed so much promise as a rookie in 2012, come back strong from an ACL surgery that was preceded by a suspension for a high level of testosterone?
Was Chase Headley's MVP-caliber performance in the second half of 2012 a fluke, or is he really an elite hitter who was just slowed by injuries last season? Has Will Venable finally just put it all together or was his second half of last season just a once-in-a-career extended hot streak?
Will Andrew Cashner, who finally stayed healthy for an entire season, continue to avoid the disabled list and pitch like a top-of-the-rotation starter? Is Tyson Ross, who had a 3.06 ERA and 9.3 K/9 in 16 starts last season, for real or is he the inconsistent pitcher that ran out of chances in Oakland?
There's no telling how good this Padres team can be because they just haven't been on the field together very often and because most of the core players don't have a long track record of success. But it's not hard to see this group breaking out and making a run in 2014.