Padres seem set with current roster
Friars would like to add speed, but trade appears unlikely
PEORIA, Ariz. -- Kevin Towers will never say never, though the Padres general manager said Thursday that the Padres won't likely make a trade or acquire a player off the waiver wire before setting their 25-man Opening Day roster.
"We'll certainly look at the waiver wire," Towers said after the Padres defeated the Mariners, 6-1, in Peoria on Thursday. "I imagine that there could be some names out there on the wire.
"But we're pretty comfortable with what we have here internally. I think it's doubtful that we make a trade or acquire a player in the next two days. I feel good with what we have in camp."
It appears the Padres are all but set with the 25-man roster for the regular-season opener on April 3 in San Francisco.
The Friars will carry 12 pitchers to begin the season. It's looking like Mike Thompson -- who started Thursday night against Arizona -- will make the team as a long reliever and potential spot starter. Another right-hander, Kevin Cameron, a Rule 5 Draft pickup who tossed a scoreless inning against Seattle on Thursday, also will likely make the team.
As for the final spot on the bench, outfielder Paul McAnulty appears to be the front-runner there over middle infielder Oscar Robles. The Padres like McAnulty's left-handed stroke and the way he hit this spring (.353, two home runs) before missing time with a bum right knee.
Of course, things could certainly change in the next few days. While the Padres certainly don't have an abundance of pitchers, they could possibly dangle right-handers Andrew Brown and Justin Germano -- who are both out of Minor League options -- to add a final piece to the team.
"It's coming down to the end," Padres manager Bud Black said. "We've got some tough decisions."
Black was asked if there were any elements that -- in a perfect world -- the Padres' roster would have that it currently doesn't.
"You try to construct the best possible bench you have within your group," he said. "But the thing you'd like to have that we don't have internally is that speed threat. That, and maybe a true right-handed bat."
Outfielder Jose Cruz Jr. is a switch-hitter who is better from the right side than the left. Catcher Todd Greene might have been that player, but he dislocated his right shoulder during the first week of Spring Training.
But at this point of the spring, Towers seems content with the 25 players who will break camp with the big club.
"Right now, a lot of clubs are breaking camp and heading back. I wouldn't expect much dialogue the next couple of days," Towers said. "If we would have made a deal, it would have happened by now."
Corey Brock is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.