Manager: Bud Black (ninth season). Key newcomers: OF Matt Kemp (trade, Dodgers), OF Justin Upton (trade, Braves), OF Wil Myers (trade, Rays), SP James Shields (free agent, Royals), C Derek Norris (trade, A's), 3B Will Middlebrooks (trade Red Sox). Key losses: C Yasmani Grandal (trade, Dodgers), OF Seth Smith (trade, Mariners), SS Everth Cabrera (free agent, Orioles). Roster
Three things to watch: Who plays center field?
Of the three high-profile outfielders San Diego acquired this offseason, only Kemp has extensive experience in center. But Kemp isn't the same defender he once was, and the Padres likely will try Myers in the middle with Kemp and Upton in the corners. Will Venable and Cameron Maybin will be on the bench.
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Three things to watch: Who plays third base?
Will Middlebrooks, acquired from the Red Sox, looks like the prohibitive favorite from the outside. But he will have to hold off Yangervis Solarte, acquired from the Yankees for Chase Headley last season, during spring training. Who will rise to the challenge?
Three things to watch: Is Alexi Amarista the answer at shortstop?
Amarista will get the first crack at replacing former All-Star Everth Cabrera, who was non-tendered in December and this week signed with the Orioles. But Amarista is a career .234 hitter. Clint Barmes was signed on the offseason and will battle Amarista this spring.