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Bud Black talks to Marty Caswell about the Padres off-season

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Kent Horner

Marty Caswell caught up with Padres manager Bud Black at the SDSU basketball game and asked him a number of questions.

My notes:

  • Black is following local sports teams but also keeping tabs on Padres players.   He's been talking to the Padres Baseball Operations staff to get ready for next season.
  • Both GM Josh Byrnes and A-GM A.J. Hinch have been to Arizona several times to look at players in the Arizona Fall League.
  • Joe Wieland is feeling good, he's pitched twice.  Austin Hedges and Cory Spangenberg had good fall league performances.  Tommy Medica did not.
  • As far as injured players, Carlos Quentin is feeling better.  Cory Luebke had a few setbacks but he's felt better the last 6 weeks. He'll be throwing this weekend in San Diego.  Cameron Maybin is on the mend.
  • Black thinks that instant replay is going to happen in 2014.  He's a proponent.  He thinks with today's technology that you have to use it.
  • Black says his wish list for next season includes starting pitcher, a bat and maybe an outfielder, in that order.  Bats are tough to find, so it's better to develop them, like Jedd Gyorko.