Picture a typical Swiss Army Knife. Small enough to fit into even your smallest pocket, this red multi-tool will generally feature a sharp blade, as well as some combination of other survival tools, ranging in necessity, including screwdrivers, tweezers, toothpicks, corkscrews, can and bottle openers, scissors, and perhaps even a small saw. Now picture exactly how useful each of those individual tools is. Have you ever actually tried opening a wine bottle with that tiny corkscrew? Have you ever been able to successfully remove a splinter with those tiny tweezers, or even tried to shape that uni-brow of yours?

A couple of the tools in your typical Swiss Army Knife work pretty well, but for the most part you’d much rather have a tool with less uses and more usefulness. This is how I feel about super utility players in baseball, and in particular, the one currently set to continue occupying a spot on the Padres 25 man roster going into the 2014 season, Alexi Amarista. With his main competition, Logan Forsythe, traded to the Rays, Amarista once again has the leg up on the competition in earning a bench spot with the major league club. Read More…

While I spent the off-season drinking beer in North Park, Padres GM Josh Byrnes was aggressively reshaping his team’s roster. Thanks to a depth not seen in these parts for some time, he engineered several small trades that increased the club’s talent level.

In separate deals with the Orioles, Pirates, A’s, Astros (twice), and Rays, Byrnes did this:

Out In
Matt Andriese, RHP Alex Dickerson, 1B
Anthony Bass, RHP Jesse Hahn, RHP
Brad Boxberger, RHP Ryan Jackson, SS
Brad Brach, RHP Devin Jones, RHP
Jaff Decker, OF Patrick Schuster, LHP
Logan Forsythe, 2B/3B Seth Smith, OF
Luke Gregerson, RHP Alex Torres, LHP
Jesús Guzmán, 1B
Matt Lollis, RHP
Miles Mikolas, RHP
Maxx Tissenbaum, 2B

Byrnes also signed right-handers Josh Johnson and Joaquin Benoit. He was a busy guy. Read More…

In case you weren’t paying attention…

Always enjoy responsibly. Don’t read and drive.

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