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Padres have not yet made an offer for SS Takashi Toritani

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While GM A.J. Preller continues to construct his 2015 roster, the Padres remain pretty weak at the shortstop position even after their acquisition of Clint Barmes. That leaves Alexi Amarista as the probable starter if the season were to start tomorrow.

There are rumors however that the Padres are interested in Japanese shortstop Takashi Toritani.  The Toronto Star suggests that the Padres have made him an offer that would allow him to play SS and hit lead-off while the Blue Jays would want to move him to second.

Blue Jays await Takashi Toritani decision | Toronto Star

Toritani, who hired notorious baseball agent Scott Boras to guide his transition to the big leagues, is currently mulling offers from the Jays and San Diego Padres, according to Japanese news reports.

The San Diego Union-Tribune however has a source within the Padres that says that no offer has been made yet.

Toritani would fill two needs for Padres. | UTSanDiego.com

One possibility is Japanese infielder Takashi Toritani, although a source told U-T San Diego early Monday morning that the Padres do not have a current offer on the table for the 33-year-old shortstop.

Either way, the Padres desperately need an upgrade at short.