SAN DIEGO -- The Padres are inching closer and closer to the start of Spring Training, as their pitchers and catchers report to Peoria, Ariz., on Thursday with the first workout set for the following day.
Our run-up to Spring Training continues today with a look at the Padres' projected lineup, rotation and the bullpen.
Manager Bud Black, entering his ninth season, has been given more resources to work with in terms of offensive weapons than he has in his first eight seasons. And there's the chance for flexibility, to move players around in the lineup with notable bench options as well.
The rotation was solidified last week when the team agreed to a four-year deal with James Shields, to give the Padres one of the most formidable rotations in the National League. The only real question is who will win the No. 5 spot in the rotation.
Closer: Joaquin Benoit, 11/12 saves, 1.49 ERA in 2014
RH setup man: Shawn Kelley , 4.53 ERA in 2014
or RH setup man: Brandon Maurer , 4.65 ERA in 2014
LH setup man: Alex Torres, 3.33 ERA in 2014
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.