Padres are a sleeper team

San Diego is one move away from making serious noise in the NL West

Updated: January 4, 2013, 10:59 AM ET
By Paul Swydan | FanGraphs
HeadleyAndy Hayt/Getty ImagesAt age 28, Chase Headley is in his prime and can lead the Padres to contention.

Last season, the San Diego Padres finished with 76 wins. The first half was difficult, but that's understandable, as it was dragged down by the presence of Orlando Hudson, Jason Bartlett, Jeff Suppan and Kip Wells. The team also dealt with injuries to Cory Luebke, Joe Wieland, Andrew Cashner and Carlos Quentin. They also didn't get catcher Yasmani Grandal up until close to the All-Star break.

This season, they will once again be without Luebke, Wieland, Cashner and Grandal for the first two months or so due to injuries and suspension (Grandal), but in the second half the Padres proved they could be a good team, going 42-33 after the All-Star break, and they are shaping up as a sleeper team for 2013. They just need to make one more key move this winter.