In 2005, the NL West Champ San Diego Padres handled to achieve more with less. In spite of a brand-new ballpark, the offense for the group was spotty all season. Ryan Klesko (.248 18 58) led the group with 18 homeruns while Mark Sweeney (.284 8 40), Brian Giles (.301 15 83), shortstop Khalil Greene (.250 15 70) and catcher Ramon Hernandez (.290 12 58) completed the better parts of the lineup.
The Padres pitching was the most strong aspect of the group led by novice Clay Hensley (1-1 1.70 in 47.2 innings pitched). Hensley was contacted in July and assisted beginners Jake Peavy (13-7 2.88), Woody Williams (9-12 4.85) and reliever Akinori Otsuka (2-8 3.59) post an 82-80 last record which was good enough to clinch the NL West.
Off Season Relocations:
Padres GM Kevin Towers ensured to re-sign Brian Giles then carried on to reinforce the currently solid bullpen by re-signing closer Trevor Hoffman (1-6 2.97 42 conserves). Towers also traded third baseman Sean Burroughs to the Devil Rays in exchange for pitcher Dewon Brazelton (1-8 7.61), then updated their offense at third by trading pitcher Brian Lawrence to the Nationals for Vinny Castilla (.253 12 66). The Padres likewise enhanced their outfield defense, and added some offense, by trading Xavier Nady for the Mets’ Mike Cameron (.273 12 39 13 stolen bases). 2nd baseman Mark Loretta was likewise moved to the Red Sox for catcher Doug Mirabelli (.228 6 18) which ended up being essential with the loss of free-agent catcher Ramon Hernandez who signed with Baltimore. Starter Adam Eaton and reducer Akinori Otsuka were also traded to the Rangers in a 6-player deal for starter Chris Young (12-7 4.36) and backup outfielder Terrmel Sledge (.243 in 20 video games). Catcher Mike Piazza (.251 19 62) and pitcher Shawn Estes (7-8 4.80) likewise signed up with the team as complimentary representatives in January.
The Padres had a hectic off season seeking to keep their team strong for another playoff run in 2006. The rotation, the best part of the group in 2005, might be a bit shakier in 2006 without Eaton and Lawrence. Beginners Young and free-agent pickup Shawn Estes (from Arizona) aren’t quite on the very same level. The ace of the personnel Jake Peavy will be anticipated to carry much of the load again. The bullpen will be without Otsuka, Chris Hammond and Rudy Seanez, however the addition of Hoffman was strong pickup for the team. The weak offense has enhanced, with Castilla and previous Mets Cameron and Piazza added. The Padres quit hardly any to pickup Cameron who missed out on all of August and September due to devastating collision with centerfielder Carlos Beltran. Cameron will return to his natural position in centerfield in 2006. Piazza is likewise a good pickup. When rested he can still supply decent power numbers although he still stays a protective liability when it concerns throwing. If he is utilized carefully there is no reason he can’t make a favorable contribution.