There was perhaps no quieter offseason in baseball this year than that of the San Diego Padres.
To fans of the team, which finished 76-86 last season and fourth in the NL West, that might seem cause for concern. The Padres, though, seem confident that their best plan of action this winter was to stand pat and parlay momentum built up from a strong second half of 2012 into a stronger 2013.
That's not the kind of plan that's going to get fans fired up, but given the circumstances, maybe it makes sense.
Injuries hampered the Padres early in 2012, and their season was essentially doomed by the halfway mark. After the All-Star break, the Padres went 42-32, climbing out of last place in the NL West.
The Padres would have liked to have added starting pitching depth in the offseason, but with a thin free-agent market, any possible upgrades quickly exceeded the Padres' price range. Rather than overspend for modest improvements, the team stuck with what it had and added 25-year-old Tyson...