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Padres wheeling and dealing set to begin

The San Diego Padres talk is heating up as we close in on the World Series. No transactions are allowed to be posted during the Fall Classic, but that is not stopping General Manager Kevin Towers from working the lines and setting up his offseason wish list, the first of which is a catcher.

The release of Gary Bennett, coming as a shock to some has made this possible and further fueled speculation. Wiki Gonzalez is due $1.2 million next year and the team feels he can do a formidable job as a backup. "Wiki came on at the end of the season with (Class AAA) Portland," said Padres general manager Kevin Towers. "We think he can do the job as the backup." Kevin Towers has acknowledged...

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