Preller settles in for first spring as Padres GM

Several position battles to play out in camp for revamped roster

Preller settles in for first spring as Padres GM

PEORIA, Ariz. -- First-year general manager A.J. Preller won't come out and say he's completely finished revamping the roster, mostly because one injury or one tempting call could change all that fast.

"We're always constantly evaluating that [roster]," Preller said.

But generally speaking, Preller said that he's satisfied that the players in camp will be the ones who will comprise the Opening Day roster on April 6 in Los Angeles against the Dodgers.

Again, though, everything is subject to change. And, as executive chairman Ron Fowler has said before of Preller, "you never say never with him."

For now, Preller is content to watch some of the competitions unfold in camp -- who will win the third base job, first base, the No. 5 starter job, bench jobs and a few others.

"I think, generally, we're more anxious to see how Spring Training goes in the infield. We've got a lot of options at first base and options at third base and in the middle of the infield," he said.

Brandon Morrow and Odrisamer Despaigne likely have a small edge in the No. 5 starter job with Will Middlebrooks and Yangervis Solarte battling for the third base job. Yonder Alonso has first crack at first base, but Middlebrooks could see time there as well, as could others.

Preller said he and the Padres baseball operations staff thought they did a good job of getting manager Bud Black and his coaches offensive upgrades and better depth -- both position players and pitchers -- to put them in a position to succeed.

"You want to give your fans and staff a team you feel is going to be competitive," Preller said. "We feel we have a chance to be competitive with anyone. That's all you can ask."

Corey Brock is a reporter for Keep track of @FollowThePadres on Twitter. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.