The San Diego Padres formally introduced outfielders Wil Myers, Justin Upton, third baseman Will Middlebrooks and catcher Derek Norris Tuesday in a press conference that also included General Manager A.J. Preller and Manager Bud Black.
All four players were acquired in trades during December.
“We’re just trying to improve the team and get better as a baseball operations group,” Preller said at the press conference. “But I do think — just seeing the excitement in San Diego the last few weeks after the moves — that’s a good thing. It’s a good thing for people to be talking about the Padres and for fans to be excited.”
Upton, a two-time All-Star will play left field next season, according to Black, and Myers will man center field, as the two join Matt Kemp who the Padres acquired from the Los Angeles Dodgers earlier in the offseason.
Norris was an All-Star for the Oakland Athletics in the American League last season, and will take over as the team’s catcher.
Middlebrooks was added from the Boston Red Sox, and will compete for the third base job after posting impressive numbers during his rookie season in 2013.
The Padres were dead last in several key offensive categories last season, but Preller believes the new offensive should add some excitement to the team.
“Baseball should be fun. It’s entertainment,” Preller said. “People want to come and see a team that’s fun to watch. Hopefully that’s what we’ll put on the field this year.”