Today is the official first day for free agents to start signing new contracts. Who will the Padres sign? A pitcher? A corner outfielder? We'll have to wait and see. Here are some Padres links and some from around the league as well:
Chase Headley wants to be a better run producer next year - Padres Official Site
"Aside from their pursuit of a bat this winter, the Padres will certainly welcome help from players on the current roster, which is music to the ears of third baseman Chase Headley, who said he's ready to assume a bigger role in the offense in 2012."
Gaslamp Ball has the details of a Jeff Moorad interview
"Moorad told Hoyer privately that he could be General Manager of the Padres for as long as he liked but he didn't want to stand in the way of his career. Byrnes was not hired 10 months ago to replace Hoyer. Moorad and Hoyer were trying to help Byrnes get a GM job elsewhere."
Byrnes is looking at finding people to fill the front office - Bill Center (UT)
"Josh Byrnes' first days as Padres general manager have been spent interviewing candidates for the two vacancies in the club’s front office while also going over the 40-man roster."
Sports Illustrated details each team in the NL West and tells what needs to be done
"A low-cost veteran such as Garland -- who missed most of last season with the Dodgers due to injury, but who excelled as a Padre two years ago -- could help stabilize things until the organization's trio of terrific Double-A arms, Erlin, Kelly (another player in the Gonzalez trade) and Wieland, is ready."
Team USA (Matt Clark on the team) take silver after losing to Canada - USABaseball
"Team USA lost the Pan Am baseball gold medal final in heart-breaking fashion, Tuesday, falling 2-1 to Canada. With the loss, the U.S. dropped to 3-2 for the tournament and 10-6 overall for the season (including the IBAF Baseball World Cup in Panama)."
Matt Clark on twitter @mattclark23
Mets to alter dimensions at Citi Field - NY Times
"For the 2012 season, new walls will be constructed in three areas of the outfield to substantially diminish the outfield’s overly large dimensions. Most notable, the imposing 16-foot wall in left field, often called the Great Wall of Flushing, will now have a new eight-foot wall in front of it, with several rows of seats to fill in the gap between the two structures."
Jeff Passan has the "ultimate free-agent" list over at Yahoo
"Here is the free-agent class of 2011-12, ranked from Nos. 1 to 182. The rankings are based on a number of variables, including each player’s history, age and potential, and are as much about predicted performance as market value, providing a general outline as free agency unfolds between now and spring training."
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