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Padres Insider: The Infield

The biggest debate of spring centers on the shortstop position. Heading into the offseason it was Khalil Greene's spot to lose. That still holds true, but the competition is more stringent as Rey Ordonez joined the club. Ordonez, a defensive whiz, may have an upper hand if he hits as he did with Tampa Bay before an injury derailed his season. It is conceivable that a strong spring by Ordonez would send Greene back to Portland.

SS Khalil Greene and Rey Ordonez figure to have the best position battle of the spring. Greene, 24, spent most of the winter as the odds-on favorite over the versatile Ramon Vazquez to win the job. Then the Padres signed master gloveman Ordonez to a single-season contract. Ordonez is coming off knee surgery, always a question for a shortstop. But if he can still pick, Padres might prefer to have...

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