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Padres' 40-man roster comes into focus

With nine days until they must submit it to the MLB offices, the Padres face several key decisions about which minor-league prospects to include on their 40-man roster, thereby protecting those players from the Rule 5 draft. Several of those choices are only awaiting the formal announcement.

After several post-season moves, the roster sits at 27. The club has severed ties with bench players Damian Jackson, Manny Alexander and Eric Young and has nine other major league free agents whom they can still re-sign. But more quietly, Brad Baker and Tagg Bozied were moved off the protected 40-man roster in recent weeks to clear spots for other minor leaguers who might be targeted by other...

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