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Padres seeking a catcher

The release of Gary Bennett from the San Diego Padres further fueled speculation that a front line starting catcher will be acquired this offseason. The team still owes $1.2 million to Wiki Gonzalez and they feel he can do a formidable job as a backup. Don't count out Humberto Quintero – once thought to be just a defensive catcher – who has developed a nice hitter's stroke. Who are the potentials then?

"We were in a dumping mode starting in around 1998," GM Kevin Towers said. "We expect to be more aggressive now, but I don't see us getting in any high-stakes poker games." The Padres have already said they want to upgrade at the starting catcher slot and have targeted numerous names as possibilities. If there is a catcher on the market, through free agency or trade, they have been, or will be...

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