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Padres have legion of fresh faces for 2015 Spring Training

Front office shook up nearly half of roster since end of previous offseason

Bill Center, longtime sportswriter for U-T San Diego, is an employee of the Padres.

We are going to start today with a question. How many Padres on the current 40-man roster were on the 40-man roster that went to Spring Training in 2014?

We'll pause here to give you a chance to formulate a guess. Ready?

The answer is 19.

The Padres -- most notably general manager A.J. Preller -- have replaced 22 players from the 40-man roster that reported to Peoria, Ariz., last February. Fourteen of those changes have been made since the end of the 2014 season.

Here is San Diego's 40-man roster:

Pitchers (19)
Starters -- Andrew Cashner, Tyson Ross, Ian Kennedy, Josh Johnson,  Brandon Morrow,  Robbie Erlin, Odrisamer Despaigne,  Casey Kelly, Cory Luebke

Relievers -- Joaquin Benoit, Alex Torres, Nick Vincent, Dale Thayer,  Kevin Quackenbush, Leonel Campos, Frank Garces, Tayron Guerrero, Shawn Kelley, Brandon Maurer , Aaron Northcraft

Catchers (2)
Derek Norris, Tim Federowicz

Infielders (10)
Yonder Alonso, Alexi Amarista,  Clint Barmes,  Jedd Gyorko, Taylor Lindsey,  Tommy Medica, Will Middlebrooks, Yangervis Solarte , Cory Spangenberg

Outfielders (9)
Matt Kemp, Wil Myers, Justin Upton,
 Will Venable, Carlos Quentin, Cameron Maybin,  Abraham Almonte, Alex Dickerson , Rymer Liriano

Here are the players on the 40-man roster last February who are no longer with the team:

Starters -- Jesse Hahn, Juan Pablo Oramas, Donn Roach, Burch Smith, Eric Stults, Joe Wieland

Relievers -- Huston Street, Tim Stauffer, Keyvius Sampson, Patrick Schuster

Yasmani Grandal, Nick Hundley, Rene Rivera

Everth Cabrera, Chase Headley, Ryan Jackson

Seth Smith, Yeison Asencio, Kyle Blanks, Chris Denorfia, Reymond Fuentes

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