The San Diego Padres and GM Josh Byrnes have left much to be desired this offseason.

They have spent most of their assets on keeping their roster from last season and maintaining their farm system. This may be the best strategy for the Padres considering that they finished with a respectable 42-33 record after the All-Star break.

There is tons of potential in the farm system with guys like Jedd Gyorko, Rymer Liriano, and Austin Hedges.

The Padres will have stiff competition in the NL West now that the San Francisco Giants, Los Angeles Dodgers and Arizona Diamondbacks have proven that they are ready to compete for a pennant.

Here are the Padres’ five keys to having a successful 2013 in the NL West.

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