Predicting the San Diego Padres’ 2014 Opening Day Lineup

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San Diego Padres' Opening Day Lineup

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After another down year and more shuffling of players during the offseason, the San Diego Padres still remain a team that generates little excitement from baseball fans. Seriously, can anyone name one of the players general manager Josh Byrnes signed this offseason? Maybe pitcher Josh Johnson might register with some hardcore fans, but Johnson himself has some serious mechanical issues to deal with before he can even remotely come close to his previous form.

With a very low payroll next season of approximately $80 million and not many prospects ready for promotion from the farm system within, the Padres will find it very difficult to compete for a playoff berth this season, especially with two teams, the Los Angeles Dodgers and the San Francisco Giants, spending money left and right. Of course, Padres fans have gotten used to this same story over the years, as the team has not made it to the playoffs for eight years in a row now.

In terms of pitching, the Padres will have to develop some youngsters for the future. Prospects Casey Kelly and Matt Wisler will compete for rotation spots in spring training, and it remains to be seen whether they will make the major league roster by the end of the season. Veterans Ian Kennedy and the previously mentioned Johnson will look to revive their declining careers.

On the other side of the ball, the Padres will have to put out a lineup on opening day. Let's take a look at the potential names on the starting lineup card on opening day.

Percy Chao is a writer for RantSports.com. Follow him on Twitter @PercyChao, "Like" him on Facebook or add him to your network on Google.

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1. SS Everth Cabrera

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Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports

Everth Cabrera hit .283 with 37 steals before being suspended for PED use.

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2. CF Will Venable

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Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports

A Princeton graduate, Will Venable was on the shortlist of players who hit 20 home runs and stole 20 bases last season.

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3. 3B Chase Headley

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Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports

After a very disappointing season from the team's so-called franchise player, the Padres fielded trade offers for Chase Headley all offseason.

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4. LF Carlos Quentin

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Benny Sieu-USA TODAY Sports

On the wrong side of 30, Carlos Quentin is a potential candidate for most overrated player in baseball.

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5. 1B Yonder Alonso

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Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports

After spending a majority of his career behind Joey Votto, Yonder Alonso goes into his third season looking to prove that the hype surrounding him since his prospect days was valid.

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6. 2B Jedd Gyorko

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Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports

Former top prospect Jedd Gyorko is the most likely breakout candidate on the Padres team this season.

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7. RF Seth Smith

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Tim Fuller-USA TODAY Sports

Seth Smith was brought in this offseason via trade from the Oakland Athletics.

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8. C Nick Hundley

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Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports

Nick Hundley will compete for the catcher spot in spring training with Yasmani Grandal.

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9. P Ian Kennedy

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Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports

The former Arizona Diamondbacks ace Ian Kennedy will be looking to revive a career on the downturn.

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