The 2013 San Diego Padres look almost exactly like the 2012 version that finished fourth in the NL West, 18 games behind the World Series champion San Francisco Giants.
Many fans don't think that's a good thing. They expected the owners, including four members of the third generation of the O'Malley family, to make a big splash to pump up a team with an underwhelming rotation and a lineup already affected by injuries and a PED suspension.
It didn't help that the previous owners made off with the bulk of the $200 million upfront fee paid by Fox Sports San Diego as part of a 20-year, $1.2 billion TV deal.
The new owners, though, felt that barely making a ripple was the right way to begin their stewardship, even though the Padres are coming off their fourth losing record in five seasons.
''I hope the descriptions of our team as a sleeper that will compete effectively is accurate, because we think it is,'' executive chairman Ron Fowler said
Fowler is the control person in a group t...