SAN DIEGO -- The month of December was a hoot for first-year Padres general manager A.J. Preller, who revamped the roster with the kind of dizzying shuffling of players seldom -- if ever -- seen in these parts.
"We're trying to get to a point where we not only have a core group of players, but we have some depth and have some impactful offensive performers," Preller said last week. "That's been the goal all along. I think we're still working toward that."
While it's safe now to assume you can't rule anything out with Preller, it's also probably a fair statement that the roster today is pretty close to what it will look like on Opening Day, when the Padres head north to face the Dodgers on April 6.
"Especially on the pitching side," said Padres manager Bud Black. "I don't know how much more we can do with the pitching. We lost some arms in [trades] with Jesse Hahn (A's), Joe Wieland (Dodgers) and R.J. Alvarez (A's) but he's replenished that."
Last week, Preller added two power right-handed arms for the bullpen in deals with the Yankees and the Mariners, Shawn Kelley and Brandon Maurer.
Even with the trade last week of outfielder Seth Smith to the Mariners, the Padres have 10 outfielders who will compete for spots on the 25-man roster, with Upton figuring to start in left field, Myers in center and Kemp in right field.
"The offensive side ... it's getting closer," Black said. "People might think we have a crowded outfield but those have a way of working themselves out as we get close to Opening Day. And Spring Training is a time when teams are still in the middle of nailing down their roster and they might look at our roster with some interest."
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.