Padres are this year's NL sleeper
San Diego has the talent to make some noise in the National League in 2014
The reason? This time around, the pitching looks a lot deeper. Last season, the Padres were counting on Luebke returning by midseason, and as a result entered it with retreads like Jason Marquis and Clayton Richard in the starting rotation. This was a colossal mistake, not only in terms of process, but also results: Both players posted a negative WAR in 2012 and were even worse in 2013.
Now, however, the Padres have five starting pitchers with average or better outlooks entering the season, and that's before even taking Luebke into account.
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