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2015 San Diego Padres Preview: Out Of Left Field
Teams that finish dead last in every major offensive category one year usually don't generate much buzz heading into the next, but an unbelievable shakeup to the roster has made the Padres one of the most intriguing teams heading into the 2015 season.
Under the direction of new general manager A.J. Preller, the Padres will take the field on Opening Day with a very different looking lineup that gives their fans reason for optimism.
In 2014, the Padres finished with a respectable 77-85 record, but they've been mired in that sort of mediocrity for several years now. Offensive ineptitude plagued the Padres throughout the season and extinguished any hope of ending their seven-year postseason drought. Second baseman Jedd Gyorko had a rough go of it in his second year after an impressive rookie campaign. Gyorko signed a five-year, $35 million extension in April of 2014, but struggled to live up to the billing. He finished the year with a .210/.280/.333 batting line in 111 games after a long stint on the DL due to plantar fasciitis.
While winning in the offseason doesn't always translate to wins on the field, the Padres' flurry of moves makes them hard to ignore coming into the 2015 season. With a completely revamped offense, an impressive corps of starters and a bullpen that posted the second-best combined ERA last season (2.73), they now have the pieces to contend with the Dodgers and Giants in the NL