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Padres Position Battles in Spring Training: Set-up Man

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The position of Set-up Man isn't a glamour position on most teams, but the San Diego Padres aren't most teams. (You like that? Sounds like the intro a beat would write).

Over the past 16 or 17 years, the second-best reliever on the Padres has had to sit behind at worst the late, great Rod Beck. Otherwise it was a steady stream of Trevor Hoffman and Heath Bell. Hall of Famer and Psycho All-Star.

With Heath Bell gone, Mike Adams traded and Huston Street coming in and inheriting the closer by default, there is now a battle to see who will set-up games for the Padres. Bill Center (and most everybody) has the favorite as Andrew Cashner, but there should still be Spring Training competition from Ernesto Frieri and Luke Gregerson.

Even money is on Cashner and his 276 mph fastball. The sentimental facial-hair favorite is Luke Gregerson. Ernesto Frieri is rooted for by people who like to be contrarian.

Even if Cashner wins the job out of Spring Training, there could be opportunity for him to slide into a starter role by mid-season and/or audition as the closer of the future. I propose God's Gonna Cut You Down as entrance music.


Andrew Cashner

#34 / Pitcher / San Diego Padres

6-6

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R

R

Sep 11, 1986

Facial Hair: Bright Red Goatee. Sideburns.



Ernesto Frieri

#39 / Pitcher / San Diego Padres

6-2

200

R

R

Jul 19, 1985

Facial Hair: Black goatee. Wispy mustache.



Luke Gregerson

#57 / Pitcher / San Diego Padres

6-3

200

L

R

May 14, 1984

Facial Hair: Salvador Dali (not pictured)