What’s next for Padres’ rotation after Martinez deal?

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The Padres put the finishing touches on their deal with Nick Martinez on Tuesday, a three-year pact that keeps him right where he wants to be — in San Diego. It’s an important signing. Martinez played a vital role for San Diego in 2022: the do-everything man who pitched wherever and whenever the team needed him.

To start the 2023 season, that will be one place: in the rotation.

The Padres need starters, and it’s clear that, even after signing of Martinez, they’re not done. So here’s a question worth asking: How many more starting pitchers should the Padres acquire?

“We feel really good about the top of the rotation,” general manager A.J. Preller said at the General Managers Meetings earlier this month. “But every year you want to add starting pitching. You want to get depth. … We’re going to try to add to that rotation and give [manager Bob Melvin] as many options as possible from a starting standpoint.”

To answer that question, let’s first size up the current state of affairs on the Padres’ pitching staff. Here’s how the rotation stands:

And here are the depth options on the 40-man roster:

• If I were the Padres, I would do everything in my power to enter the season with a six-man rotation. Their…

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