Here’s another idea I’ll probably drop real quick: Every month, I’m going to go over which players are giving the owner-less Padres the most bang for their buck. As the season hasn’t started yet, this is based on projections but as the season goes on, I’ll update it with real numbers.
1. Cameron Maybin
The centerfield stud with the new contract is still making less than a million dollars and is one of the best bargains in baseball.
2. Cory Luebke
The starting pitching stud with the new contract is still making less than a million dollars and is one of the best bargains in baseball.
3. Chase Headley
The third base stud who probably won’t get a new contract until he’s with another team is still one of the most underrated players in baseball.
4. Tim Stauffer
This ranking is a bit generous and Stauffer needs to show that he can put it all together and doesn’t need to lean on Petco to get results, but let’s hope he rewards our faith in him.
5. Yonder Alonso
The Reds just announced that they think Joey Votto is $225 million better than Alonso. Let’s hope that fires him up a bit.
6. Nick Hundley
Don’t be surprised if Hundley jumps up this list as the season progresses. Even now, you wouldn’t be out of line arguing that he needs to change spots with Stauffer.
7. Andrew Cashner
This ranking assumes Cashner stays in the pen but he wouldn’t be the first Padres pitcher to make the transition from reliever to starter. He’s the only one who throws triple digit heat with nerve-racking shoulder, though.
8. Clayton Richard
Who? Just kidding. Not really. Who? With Volquez starting Opening Day, it sounds like Richard needs to be looking over his shoulder at Kelly and Co.
9. Will Venable
This is the year! His swing’s looking good! He’s got it all working! Words that have never been said about Will Venable before!
10. Edinson Volquez
Like I said, Volquez is starting Opening Day. For a former pitcher, Bud Black sure doesn’t think that starting Opening Day is a very big honor.
11. Luke Gregerson
Remember him? He’s the Clayton Richard of relievers.
12. Orlando Hudson
Hopefully he’ll have said something ridiculous on Twitter by the time I run the May ranking.
13. Carlos Quentin
Starting the season the DL won’t help Quentin jump up the list very quickly.
14. Jason Bartlett
There’s really nothing to say here. He’s bad and we’ve got no one else.
15. Huston Street
The Padres’ highest paid player will play maybe 60 innings this year, if he’s not traded, and that’s how small market teams maximize their resources.