The Padres are looking into bringing back Pedro Astacio, the veteran pitcher who excelled for them down the stretch last year.
There is a catch: Because Astacio and the Padres failed to reach terms by a January deadline, Astacio couldn't join the Padres until May 1.
"I don't know if we'll win any games, but we'll have the best pregame and postgame meals," cracked Piazza, a five-time visitor to Italy.
When Piazza told his godfather, Tommy Lasorda, that the Padres wanted him as their catcher, Lasorda encouraged him to choose catching over a designated hitter job in the American League.
Update [2006-2-19 0:26:39 by jbox]:
Spring Training Photos are up, courtesy of the UT.