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Padres to open season with catcher split

SAN DIEGO — It’s been two years since the Padres landed Francisco Mejía in a midseason trade with Cleveland, sparking the most hotly debated positional battle on the team’s roster.

Evidently that competition — between the bat-first Mejía and the glove-first Austin Hedges — has yet to be settled.

The Padres expect to enter the season with Mejía and Hedges again set to split time evenly behind the plate. In other words, not much has changed since Mejía was called up in September of 2018.

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