Green set to lead revamped Padres in 2016

February 17th, 2016

PEORIA, Ariz. -- There could be as many as five new position players in the starting lineup on Opening Day, as the Padres' roster has undergone a smaller renovation compared to the one it endured a year ago.

You remember last year's shake-up, as general manager A.J. Preller essentially revamped the lineup with a handful of big-name players. That team, however, was unable to deliver, finishing 74-88.

The changes this offseason haven't been quite as notable, though Preller and first-year manager Andy Green think the team will be, at the very least, better defensively.

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Last year's left fielder, Justin Upton, signed a six-year free-agent deal with the Tigers. Jedd Gyorko, the starting second baseman last season, was traded to the Cardinals. There's a new shortstop (Alexi Ramirez) and second baseman (Cory Spangenberg), and Jon Jay, the return of that Gyorko deal, will likely start in center field.

You'll need a scorecard to keep track of the changes on the pitching side, too, as the bullpen will look nearly entirely different from a year ago.

Get all that?

Here's a look at the projected lineup, rotation and bullpen as we head toward the beginning of Spring Training, with pitchers and catchers reporting to Arizona on Thursday.

2015 record

74-88 , fourth in the NL West

Projected batting order

  1. CF Jay:

    .210 BA, .306 OBP, .257 SLG, 1 HR, 10 RBI in 2015

  2. 3B Yangervis Solarte:

    .270 BA, .320 OBP, .428 SLG, 14 HR, 63 RBI in 2015

  3. RF Matt Kemp:

    .265 BA, .312 OBP, .443 SLG, 23 HR, 100 RBI in 2015

  4. 1B Wil Myers:

    .253 BA, .336 OBP, .427 SLG, 8 HR, 29 RBI in 2015

  5. SS Ramirez:

    .249 BA, .285 OBP, .357 SLG, 10 HR, 62 RBI in 2015

  6. Derek Norris:

    .250 BA, .305 OBP, .404 SLG, 14 HR, 62 RBI in 2015

  7. LF Melvin Upton Jr.:

    .259 BA, .327OBP, .429 SLG, 5 HR, 17 RBI in 2015

  8. 2B Spangenberg:

    .271 BA, .333 OBP, .399 SLG, 4 HR, 21 RBI in 2015

    Projected rotation

  9. James Shields:  13-7, 3.91 ERA in 2015

  10. Tyson Ross:  10-12, 3.26 ERA in 2015

  11. Andrew Cashner:  6-16, 4.34 ERA in 2015

  12. Brandon Maurer:  7-4, 3.00 ERA in 2015

  13. Carlos Villanueva:  4-3, 2.95 ERA in 2015

    Projected bullpen

    Closer: Fernando Rodney:  16/23 saves, 4.74 ERA in 2015

    RH setup man: Kevin Quackenbush:  4.01 ERA in 2015

    LH setup man: Drew Pomeranz:  3.66 ERA in 2015