Padres added to their off-season acquisitions by signing James Shields to a 4-year contract Monday morning. Shields joins Matt Kemp, Justin Upton, Derek Norris as only a few of the new players that Padres acquired For a team that never really made a run at anything since Petco Park opened, why did ownership give GM AJ Preller Cart Blanche to go out and bring big name talent to San Diego?
For those answers, I spoke with a great San Diego broadcaster. Craig Elsten works for the Mighty 1090 Sports Radio in San Diego, amongst his many other ventures. He is a veteran in the San Diego market as a play-by-play announcer, studio host and print journalist, covering the NFL, MLB and local universities. I met him years ago when he covered the NL West on my MLB Radio show years ago.