Yonder Alonso will help change the dynamic in San Diego in a positive way

New mix. GM Josh Byrnes made seven trades during his first three months on the job after replacing Jed Hoyer, and most of his work should benefit the Padres. As good as the mix was in winning 90 games in 2010, it was just as bad in losing 91 games in 2011. A team that did all the so-called little things properly -- throwing to the right bad, hitting cutoff men, making plays consistently in the field, heads-up baserunning -- did precious few of them properly last year. Outfielder Carlos Quentin, first baseman Yonder Alonso and veteran extra outfielder Mark Kotsay in particular will help change the dynamic, surely for the positive.

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