Padres' Spring Training shortstop clash heats up

David Wells, Ramon Hernandez, Jay Payton, Terence Long, Ismael Valdes, and Jeff Cirillo, just to name a few. The Padres have brought in a multitude of experienced players to try to go from worst to first and keep pace with the perennial division-winning Giants and the high-spending Dodgers. Another addition, Rey Ordoñez, would have been the man for the Padres a few years ago. The battle this season involves the Mets' former three-time gold glove shortstop and homegrown talent Khalil Greene.
March 17, 2004

Texas 4, Padres 2

The San Diego Padres lost again on Monday to the Texas Rangers in Surprise, Az. Brian Sweeney allowed two runs in the first inning before the Padres tied it up in the top half of the second. In the third, the Rangers went ahead to stay. A Lance Nix double brought home the go ahead run and the Padres offense remained anemic the rest of the way.
March 8, 2004

Padres Insider: The Infield

The biggest debate of spring centers on the shortstop position. Heading into the offseason it was Khalil Greene's spot to lose. That still holds true, but the competition is more stringent as Rey Ordonez joined the club. Ordonez, a defensive whiz, may have an upper hand if he hits as he did with Tampa Bay before an injury derailed his season. It is conceivable that a strong spring by Ordonez would send Greene back to Portland.
March 8, 2004

The U Files #16: The Case of the Bygone Shortstop

Many people believe in Karma. They say, "What comes around, goes around." Rey Ordonez may be rethinking his notion of karma after Sunday's trade. The unproductive shortstop who had called Mets fans "stupid" has been unceremoniously shipped off to a baseball hellhole called Tampa Bay. The team reeks, and an abandoned morgue draws more people than come to the home stadium. What's more, the Mets may have actually hauled back something decent for their garbage.
December 16, 2002

The U Files #14: The Case of Delinquent Dealing

The Mets took a step towards competing last Thursday when they signed pitcher Tom Glavine, and then took a step back two days later. The Mets offered salary arbitration to none of their free agents, but re-signed pitcher Steve Trachsel.
December 9, 2002