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Can the San Diego Padres be competitive in the National League West with a payroll of $80 million. The world should find out next season as the club is set to spend more money in an attempt to start winning. Of course, payroll isn't everything. Some of their key players this year were out with injuries, and they'll have to avoid that next season.
Bill Center of the San Diego Union Tribune says beyond the increased payroll, the Padres are still high on Cameron Maybin, Logan Forsythe, and Kyle Blanks. All suffered injuries that severely limited them in 2013. Center also points out the loss of players like Joe Wieland and the unexpected setbacks of Cory Luebke. Even with all the money in the world, if players aren't healthy, the Padres can't compete.
That being said, San Diego is hoping things break their way. A significant reduction in the number of injuries and some well-timed trades could put the Padres in a position to take that increased payroll and actually challenge in the NL West. The team may look to move players for more power. Yonder Alonso would be a key possibility, and Carlos Quentin will either have to step up or risk being released altogether.
San Diego has a lot of options on the trade market. They will not be able to take their (potentially) increased payroll and sign a big-name free agent. Instead, they will have to move players around and hope to put the best possible lineup on the field for their money. If they do that, they might be able to make things interesting in the west.
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