The Padres seem to have a distinct advantage in that players want to come play in San Diego at the exclusion of other less enjoyable areas of the country. They’re currently pursuing a couple such possibilities in Marcus Giles and David Wells.
A $3-4MM offer was made to Giles yesterday. Willie Randolph seemed to dismiss the idea of the Mets getting involved, but the San Diego Union-Tribune mentions the Red Sox as possible competition. Still, the Padres are a huge favorite.
In addition, Kevin Towers will dine with David Wells on Monday to try to convince him to return to the Padres. Wells would fit in nicely with Jake Peavy, Chris Young, Greg Maddux, and Clay Hensley.
The Padres are also talking to new free agent Jayson Werth to add some outfield depth.