Padres News: Opening Day Roster (Mostly) Finalized

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Credit: UT San Diego
Credit: UT San Diego

On Sunday morning, the Padres finalized their 25-man roster for Opening Day. After the additions of Travis Jankowski, Jabari Blash, and Luis Perdomo prior to Saturday’s exhibition game, and the addition of Colin Rea after the conclusion of the game, the Padres still had two open roster spots to decide on. While it was expected that there would be one more bullpen arm and one more bench player added, the results may be surprising for some.

So initially, the Padres decided on having a thirteen man bullpen with both Josh Martin and Ryan Buchter making the team. Therefore, there will be four bench players for the Padres, including Blash, Jankowski, and Christian Bethancourt, as well as Brett Wallace. With that decision, the Padres remaining infielders including Amarista and Pirela were optioned to Triple-A, as well as Austin Hedges and Robbie Erlin.

However, one more bit of news came out immediately following the release of the 25-man roster.

Turns out Martin will not be making the team, and the Padres will be using a traditional seven man bullpen and five man bench. Despite impressing in spring training, Jemile Weeks is not on the Opening Day roster, with Rosales making the team instead.

Beyond that, both Jon Edwards and Buddy Baumann will start the season on the disabled list, and both could end up on the roster once their DL stints conclude. With the roster finalized, the Padres Opening Day payroll will come in at just under $100 million.

For a look at the final roster, see below.

The Padres don’t play until tomorrow at 4 o’clock against the Los Angeles Dodgers, but baseball is finally here. Here’s to a good season and let’s go Padres!

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