The first team to 60 wins has done it with pitching. The rise of Mat Latos and the dominance of the bullpen have made the Padres the surprise of the west.
Much of the praise has also been given to the team's chemistry and clubhouse morale. With an opportunity at the deadline, San Diego sought to add a bat to their base to base offense.
With the Orioles in shambles, former MVP Tejada was an easy take. A double-A pitcher, Wynn Pelzer, was all it took to bring Miguel aboard. Pelzer has a 6-9 record with a 4.20 ERA in double-A San Antonio, but had enough promise to make him the No. 7 prospect in Baltimore's farm before the 2010 campaign.
A former MVP being dealt would usually bring more of a buzz, but Tejada continues to decline. Miguel is hitting just .269 with 7 home runs and 39 RBI in 2010. He will most likely be a part-time player in San Diego, and there are several questions surrounding his return to California.
Will he hit enough to impact the team? The answer to that one will seem obvious to most...no. The other question may be of a more pressing nature: Will he have a negative impact on the team chemistry?
Will this guarantee a playoff spot?
Absolutely not. The Padres have shocked the analysts this year, and have done it by shutting teams down. Their spacious park and lights-out arms have carried the load. Miguel Tejada's subpar offense, especially at a corner infield spot, will not determine the fate of the Padres.