The first established big league ballplayer that Padres General Manager A.J. Preller signed was infielder Clint Barmes. Known as an above-average infielder with a serviceable bat, he's been an every day player since finishing 8th in the National League Rookie of the Year balloting in 2005.
Everywhere Barmes has gone, he's been expected to start. But, coming off two injury-plagued seasons in Pittsburgh, Barmes arrived in San Diego with a different role in mind: utility infielder.
Then he saw all the other changes Preller made, and was energized to be a part of what could be a special year. NBC 7's Derek Togerson talked with Barmes about his new team and new responsibility.