Someone who prefers the Padres to the Giants is former Astros first baseman Lance Berkman. Houston scribe Richard Justice says that when the Astros prepared to trade Berkman last month, they needed his consent. Berkman said yes to the Padres, Rays, Yankees and Rangers. He'd previously said yes to the Red Sox. He said no to the Giants, Angels, White Sox and Tigers.
On a personal level, I wish the Padres would've acquired him. Berkman is one of the better talkers in baseball -- smart, funny, direct. He's fun to watch as a hitter, although hard to watch in the field. It'll be interesting to see if the switch-hitter finds his stroke with the Yankees. Looking at video, Yankees hitting coach Kevin Long noticed that Berkman wasn't pushing off with his legs.