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Padres try to challenge Dodgers with a budget-conscious pitching rotation
Padres try to challenge Dodgers with a budget-conscious pitching rotation

The Dodgers have the best starting rotation money can buy. Best pitcher in baseball? Keep him, for $215 million. Best pitcher in free agency, in the first off-season under new ownership? Buy him, for $147 million. Best pitcher to come out of South Korea? Buy him too, for $62 million. The San Diego Padres have to compete against the Dodgers in the National League West. They have to assemble a starting rotation too, without a wallet stuffed with blank checks. "It requires some imagination," Padres General Manager Josh Byrnes said. As the Dodgers and Padres resume their series at Petco Park on Tuesday, the contrast in the resources available to the two franchises could not...

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