Given the fact that the Padres have already lost catcher Yasmani Grandal (50-game suspension) and right-handed pitcher Andrew Cashner (injury) for the start of the 2013 season, this has not been a particularly good offseason thus far.

Even before Cashner suffered a lacerated tendon in his right thumb in a hunting accident, the Padres felt they needed to add two starting pitchers going into the Winter Meetings.

They got one by re-signing Jason Marquis, their own free agent. But they departed the Gaylord Opryland Hotel having watched two arms they coveted – Dan Haren and Joe Blanton – sign as free agents with other teams for far more money than the Padres were willing to pay.

If the Padres needed pitching before Cashner was hurt, where do they stand now?

Still, Padres manager Bud Black spoke optimistically about 2013 during his annual Winter Meetings press conference Wednesday.

The reason?


"Our second-half offense was as good as we've had since I've been here," Black said. "I don't know how 2013 will play out. But I like the way 2012 ended. Our offensive production in the second half was solid."