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Constructing a team of players who have been both Padres and Reds

Joe Robbins

I've done this a couple times before, when the Padres were playing the Marlins and then when they were in Milwaukee. The premise is about as basic as premises get; I just look at all of the players who have played for both the Padres and whatever other team, and then construct a 25-man roster. I just use a player's career as a whole when considering them; how long they played for each team or how they did with them doesn't come into play. And since the Reds are in town, this time I'll be making a team of guys who were Padres and Reds. Padreds, if you will. Let's start with the starting lineup:

C- Benito Santiago
1B- Yonder Alonso
2B- Bret Boone
SS- Tony Fernandez
3B- Kevin Mitchell
LF- Greg Vaughn
CF- Jim Edmonds
RF- Reggie Sanders

I have a feeling Benito is going to be showing up on a lot of these; the man got around. Surprisingly, Yonder was the only first baseman out of 105 guys who played for both teams. Like, the only actual first baseman. Reggie Sanders gets the nod over two guys on the bench with similar numbers because, unlike them, he was a true right fielder whereas each of them played there only sparingly. The rest of the bench is also solid as well as versatile:

C/1B- Ramon Hernandez
Util.- Bip Roberts
3B/1B/OF- Russell Branyan
OF- Mike Cameron
OF- Ron Gant

I wanted so badly to include Chris Denorfia when I started compiling this, and even more so after what he did last night. I just couldn't honestly allow myself to bump either Cameron or Gant.

Mat Latos
David Wells
Aaron Harang
Danny Jackson
Joey Hamilton

I was surprised how good Danny Jackson was. I knew he was a decent middle of the rotation starter for a good while but just discovered he was Cy Young runner-up in 1988 and sixth in 1994. Sadly, his days of being good were over by the time he came to San Diego for a couple months in '97 and finished his career on a low note. He and the other four will be backed by a solid, if not particularly flashy, bullpen:

Randy Myers
Scott Williamson
Micah Owings
Greg A. Harris
Chuck McElroy
Jack Baldschun
Jon Adkins

Like Jackson, Williamson didn't have much success in San Diego but did everywhere beforehand. Adkins' career was short but he was effective, especially with the 2006 NL West Champion Padres. Owings gets the nod over some fringe guys because of his bat, and Harris probably would have made it anyway but the fact that he switch-pitched in a game seals the deal.

I could see this team making the playoffs. In what division and what year that would be happening I couldn't tell you, but sure, they could beat some teams some years. Not a lot of megastars, just a bunch of tough outs from top to bottom along with good, generally reliable pitching.