So what happens to these guys with the arrival of Kemp, Upton and Myers?
"We view Carlos and Seth as quality Major League outfielders," Preller said. "This is a situation where we'll sit back and see the configuration. We feel we have talented pieces in place [Black] can play with."
Quentin and Maybin, who each missed significant time with injuries last season, likely can't be moved because of their contracts. Smith, a left-handed hitter, has value, and teams have contacted the Padres about him. San Diego has also been contacted about Venable, who in 2013 hit a career-high 22 home runs.
That's not the only position that has question marks. First base was a spot that lacked production a year ago, though Black said Yonder Alonso (a left-handed hitter) and Tommy Medica (right-handed) will likely handle that position unless there's a change in the roster or an addition.
Which, if we've learned anything about Preller's short time with the Padres, could very well occur. He's not so much position-centric, but continues to look for offensive upgrades, regardless where the player fits on the field. That probably explains how you end up with so many outfielders.
"We'll see how things shake out," Black said. "These are things we'll talk about as the winter continues and we get into spring."
Corey Brock is a reporter for MLB.com. Keep track of @FollowThePadres on Twitter. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.