Led by manager Bud Black, the Padres really made an impact on the playoff races in 2013, although they did not quite compete for a playoff spot themselves. There's more talent on this team than most would think. Names like Will Venable, Jedd Gyorko, Everth Cabrera (yes, he was suspended last season for PED use), Yasmani Grandal (yes, him too), Tyson Ross, and opening day starter Andrew Cashner will be part of the nucleus that puts this team over the hump in 2014.
They have a bit of everything: power, speed, power pitchers, groundball pitchers, and a fairly solid defense and bench. Expect this to all be put together and equal meaningful October baseball for the Padres.
All statistics and salaries in this article are from Fangraphs unless stated otherwise.