Ranking the San Diego Padres’ 5 Biggest Offseason Needs

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Ranking the San Diego Padres’ 5 Biggest Offseason Needs

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Some teams enter every season expected to compete for a World Series title and others are expected to be bottom dwellers heading into each season. Some teams still are expected to be somewhere in the middle and that is where the San Diego Padres stand. Each and every season they appear to be improved enough to make some noise but it doesn’t figure to be enough. This season could prove to be the exact same way unless a few things go their way.

It is to the Padres credit that they have gone out and signed some players. Josh Johnson is going to be a big help to a starting rotation that was already improved by the end of 2013. Seth Smith might seem like too much right now but having too many outfielders at this point in the MLB offseason is not nearly a bad thing. As a matter of fact some suggest they need to go get something more for the outfield.

What other things do the Padres need? They traded for Ian Kennedy last year and that seemed to work out well. Other things are going their way but still others seem to be question marks. How will Everth Cabrera react after the PED situation? How well will the bullpen fair this season and what additions do they need to succeed?

Do they have enough starting pitching as they stand now? Click through to see five needs that the Padres have this offseason. Some will be moves that need to be made while a few will be things that the Padres need to hope happens. Feel free to leave a comment below.

David Miller is a Senior Writer for RantSports.com. Follow him on Twitter @davidmillerrant, “Like” him on Facebook or add him to your network on Google.

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Open Wallets

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The Padres have signed some players and that is a good sign. It has them in a good spot where they could open the pocket book just a little bit more and potentially land an impact player that could push the line-up into another level of offensive threat.

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Left Handed Reliever

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Honestly they could use more than one as many teams could but the Padres need at least one solid lefty reliever. One name that has come up is Eric O’Flaherty. He is coming off of an injury but would be a solid and proven option that would probably be more than willing to sign a one year deal which the Padres would like.

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Chase Headley to Prove Himself

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This is a present and real need for this team. Headley could be one of those players that has MVP potential each and every season or he could be a decent hitting third baseman that had only one flash in the pan MVP caliber season. They should hope he is starting soon to try and prove that 2012 was no fluke.

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Andrew Cashner to Build on Success

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Cashner could be a serious dark horse threat for the National League Cy-Young award right now. The promising 2013 season would have had him in talks last season as well if not for the ridiculous season of the eventual winner. The Padres need him to lead an improved starting rotation by continuing to build on his success.

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Sign Nelson Cruz

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I know some are going to disagree with this because they already have a logjam in the outfield. If they signed Cruz however the logjam wouldn’t be in front of him; it would be behind him. He would provide a thump in the middle of the batting order that would be a vital improvement over whoever they had to let go.

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