The San Diego Padres should be given credit for doing their best to improve a team that finished last season with a record of 79-83, a disappointing third place in the National League West. As this new season begins, according to Spotrac.com, the Padres payroll is $209.872M. That’s an increase from the $179.764M the team spent last season. Due to the shortened spring training, Major League Baseball is allowing 28-man rosters until May 1, 2021. MLB is making an effort to provide managers additional player options to keep their teams healthy. Since last season, the Padres have undertaken a massive overhaul of their roster. In their quest to improve, the Padres opened the season with several new players on their big league roster.