"For the Padres, Adrian Gonzalez is certainly a franchise player, and I think a guy that any team would want," San Diego Padres GM Jed Hoyer said. "Certainly we evaluate him as a star caliber player. But it became very obvious to us over the course of the end of the season, our meetings with John Boggs that we were not going to be able to retain him long-term.
December 6, 2010
San Diego Padres prospect, and MadFriars.com number one prospect, Simon Castro has never rested on his innate ability. He works at it – this off-season provided a new routine for the 2010 season, one that has started off impressively.
San Diego Padres prospect Mitch Canham didn't have the season he wanted last year but has a new approach this season – mostly on the mental side. If there is a confidence in relaxation, Canham has it.
Peoria, AZ: San Diego Padres closer Heath Bell had advice for the minor league prospects, as he spent an afternoon watching games during the team's Tucson trip. One player won't be ready for the season. Another is in great shape.
Peoria, AZ: The San Diego Padres Low-A squad held a commanding lead but the bullpen could not hold it together in a 12-8 loss to the Chicago White Sox. Padres closer Heath Bell was on hand to watch and is considering participation in the workout session on Tuesday with the minor leaguers while the big league club is in Tucson.
The San Diego Padres always seem to find themselves in the thick of the NL West race. That could change this year, as they do not have the depth of their division rivals.