After busy offseason, Padres have higher expectations

Feb 19, 2015 7:07 PM by Ross Field

PEORIA, Ariz. (AP) - James Shields is ready. Matt Kemp is so eager he's already at spring training.

The San Diego Padres have a remade roster, confidence and lofty expectations.

Pitchers and catchers reported to the team's Arizona facility on Thursday. Shields wore a stocking cap as he started in the front of the clubhouse and worked his way toward the back, introducing himself to his new teammates.

The Padres signed Shields to a four-year, $75 million deal earlier this month to be their new ace. That completed an offseason that saw first-year general manager A.J. Preller acquire Kemp and fellow outfielders Justin Upton and Wil Myers, catcher Derek Norris and infielder Will Middlebrooks.

The Padres' first workout is Friday as they seek their first playoff berth since 2006.

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