Padres stand pat, finish 76-86 again; 5th losing record in 6 years

SAN DIEGO - Standing pat last offseason contributed to the San Diego Padres standing still in the NL West.

The Padres finished 76-86 for the second straight season, their fifth losing record in six years. They tied for third with the San Francisco Giants, who won two of the previous three World Series.

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Despite treading water, neither Fowler nor general manager Josh Byrnes think there are glaring holes to fill. The Padres said last offseason that they weren't going to spend just for the sake of spending, and Fowler stands by that approach.

Fowler said the player payroll, which stood at about $72 million on opening day, will increase by 20 percent for 2014.

The Padres haven't reached the postseason since 2005 and 2006.

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