1) No buzz in camp. As some veteran San Diego beat writers have noted, there is zero buzz surrounding Padres camp this year. Blame the WBC (stars Jake Peavy and Adrian Gonzalez were both absent for much of the spring), blame the Padres' stinker of a season last year (their 99 loses were the franchise's most since '93), blame the shrinking payroll (the team still wants to trim the current $45 million tab), blame the departures of two future Hall of Famers (Trevor Hoffman and Greg Maddux), blame AIG. Barely 2,000 people have been showing up for recent games at the Peoria Sports Complex. About the biggest news of the spring was the 25 pounds dropped by new closer Heath Bell. The entire organization seems to be in a bit of a holding pattern with the pending sale of the team to Jeff Moorad, which everyone seems to think will get done by the end of the month.