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Padres hire Hideo Nomo to boost presence in Pacific Rim

SAN DIEGO (AP) The San Diego Padres have hired Hideo Nomo as an adviser to baseball operations to help expand their presence in the Pacific Rim. Nomo was the first Japanese player to permanently move to the big leagues, leading the way for more than 50 other players to follow. Last year, the Padres hired Moises Alou in a similar capacity, focusing on player development in the...
Via Associated Press
3 hours ago  |  Discuss

Longtime Padres Player/Coach Rips Fans

Tim Flannery is mad as hell and he’s not going to take it anymore. The former San Diego Padres infielder and coach took time from his vacation to channel his inner Howard Beale and lash out at fans who bashed him for leaving the team for seemingly greener pastures with the San Francisco Giants. Ok, enough San Diego, here's the deal pic.twitter.com/rlm5Nh8bC9 — Tim Flannery ...
Via Hall of Very Good
18 hours ago  |  Discuss

Tim Flannery blasts Padres with epic Twitter rant

Tim Flannery was a fan favorite with the San Diego Padres for most of his playing career, but he apparently has a bone to pick with the team now that he's enjoying retirement.On Wednesday night, Flannery took to Twitter to issue a long statement directed at the Padres and Padres fans.From the looks of it, Flannery isn't too happy with the way Padres fans seem to have been treating...
Via Fox Sports
20 hours ago  |  Discuss

Skip Schumaker and Padres agree to minor league contract

SAN DIEGO (AP) Skip Schumaker has agreed to a minor league contract with the San Diego Padres and will be invited to big league spring training. The 36-year-old became a free agent after Cincinnati declined a $2.5 million club option in November. If he makes the club, Schumaker would provide a left-handed bat off the bench. He has played all three outfield positions and at second...
Via Associated Press
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Offseason Report Card: San Diego Padres

MLB.com The San Diego Padres were not good in 2015. Despite expectations from some that the city could field a winning team on the heels of A.J. Preller’s splashy offseason, the Padres were worse last season than in 2014. Even with all the movement throughout the organization. Even with a new general manager. An entirely new outfield. A new catcher. A new pitcher. An entirely...
Via Baseball Essential
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Padres Points: Pirela, Butler, and Despaigne

Last week, I looked at Rule Five draft pick Jabari Blash and his potential to make an impact on this season’s major league roster. This week focuses on the infield, where one under the radar acquisition has the potential to make a major impact for the club this season. Jose Pirela 2015 season (Yankees): .230/.247/.311, 3 2B, HR, 5 RBI, 2 BB, 16 SO The 5’11, 215 pound right handed...
Via Baseball Essential
5 days ago  |  Discuss

Taking a Look Inside the Padres Left Field Situation

Source: Denis Poroy/Getty Images North America The San Diego Padres filled their biggest hole  by inking former White Sox SS Alexei Ramirez to a 1 year deal earlier in the offseason. Their biggest hole now? Figuring out who to play in left field come April 4th now that Justin Upton left for the Detroit Tigers. They have quite a few options, with outfield being their deepest position...
Via Baseball Essential
5 days ago  |  Discuss

Padres deal Despaigne, acquire minor leaguer Jean Cosme

BALTIMORE (AP) -- The Baltimore Orioles have acquired right-hander Odrisamer Despaigne from the San Diego Padres for a minor league pitcher. Despaigne went 5-9 with a 5.80 ERA over 18 starts and 16 relief appearances with the Padres last season. The 28-year-old has a career record of 9-16 in 50 games. Despaigne will compete for a job in the back end of the rotation, Orioles vice...
Via Associated Press
7 days ago  |  Discuss

Twins sign Carlos Quentin to minor league deal

The Twins have signed Carlos Quentin to a minor league contract. Quentin, 33, will also be invited to spring training as he attempts to make a comeback. The veteran has not appeared at the major league level since July of 2014. It has been a while since Quentin was a viable option at the big league level as injuries have derailed his career. Quentin will have to show something this...
Via Tireball.com
9 days ago  |  Discuss

2016 Padres ST Uniforms Underwhelm

I sure did have my hopes up for some new Padres Spring Training gear.  #BringBackTheYellow was in full effect with the new Home “All-Star” jerseys and of course the new Brown alternates.  This was the #Padres chance to be bold and make some money this Spring.   FAIL. MLB announced the new 2016 Spring Training uniforms today and there were some bold choices in the lot.  Check...
Via Padres Public
14 days ago  |  Discuss

Projecting the DFA’d Rymer Liriano

The Padres last week designated outfield prospect Rymer Liriano for assignment to clear a roster spot for the newly signed Alexei Ramirez. The move became yet another curious move in a string of questionable decisions by A.J. Preller and his front-office staff. Not only does Liriano have a prospect pedigree, but San Diego had multiple outfielders on its 40-man roster who could...
Via Fangraphs
17 days ago  |  Discuss

Padres catcher Austin Hedges' painful experience in the Dominican Winter League

After a limited first major-league season, San Diego Padres back-up catcher Austin Hedges was trying to get in some extra reps during the offseason, which proved a painful experience at the onset. Hedges, who made his big-league debut in May of last season, headed to the Dominican Republic this winter to play in the Dominican Winter League for Leones del Escogido, alongside fellow...
Via Fox Sports
21 days ago  |  Discuss

Baseball Prospectus Releases Padres Top Prospect List

The awesome people over at Baseball Prospectus have released the San Diego Padres Top 10 Prospects list, and it’s free! Here’s how it starts: “The State of the System: Much like a broken vase that has been pieced back together, this Padres system may be rebuilt but it’s not what it once was.” Yay? A couple quick notes: -The top 2 picks were acquired in the Craig Kimbrel...
Via Padres Public
23 days ago  |  Discuss

Padres avoid arbitration with Ross, Cashner with 1-year deals

The San Diego Padres have successfully avoided with right-handed starters Tyson Ross and Andrew Cashner.Ross, who has gone 26-34 with a 3.07 ERA and 1.23 WHIP in his three seasons with the Padres, will make $9.625 million in 2016, his second year being eligible for arbitration.The 6-foot-5 right, who will turn 29 at the beginning of next season, earned $5.25 million last season.After...
Via Fox Sports
27 days ago  |  Discuss

The Padres underwhelming offseason isn’t a bad thing

The San Diego Padres entered last offseason in full win-now mode. New general manager A.J. Preller made big move after big move in order to fix the slumping Padres, acquiring outfielders Justin Upton, Matt Kemp, and Wil Myers, pitcher James Shields, catcher Derek Norris, and closer Craig Kimbrel, among other players. By trading a handful of good prospects and young players, including...
Via The Outside Corner
27 days ago  |  Discuss

Still on the Board (for Now): Ian Kennedy

It’s mid-January, a time when the baseball calendar is usually dominated by the arbitration process and the lead-up thereto, the excitement of the exchanging of figures, pre-hearing settlements, etc. Not in 2016. Material free agents remain unsigned, from Justin Upton, Yoenis Cespedes, Dexter Fowler and friends on the position player side to Yovani Gallardo and Ian Kennedy among...
Via Fangraphs
28 days ago  |  Discuss

Opposing Base Runners Get Greedy, Caught in the Hedges

During the most recent baseball season, 389 players received at least 150 plate appearances. That’s a low and arbitrary threshold, but it will serve to make an important point: Austin Hedges was a terrible hitter. Among those 389 hitters, Hedges was dead last with a 26 wRC+. Taylor Featherston, Rene Rivera, David Ross, and Christian Bethancourt were the other members of the under...
Via Fangraphs
January 08, 2016  |  Discuss

Rangers reportedly interested in signing Justin Upton

    The Rangers have been mostly quiet on the free agency landscape this offseason, but they may just be subscribing to the ancient adage of “Power moves only.” According to a report by Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports on Wednesday, the Rangers are interested in signing free agent outfielder Justin Upton. However, their interest is said to only be for a one-year deal which may...
Via Larry Brown Sports
January 06, 2016  |  Discuss

Report: Orioles holding firm on $154 million offer to Chris Davis

The Baltimore Orioles are holding firm on their 7-year, $154 million offer to Chris Davis, according to a report. CBS Sports’ Jon Heyman reported the news about the O’s negotiations with the free agent slugger. Last heard, orioles were holding at 154/7 for Davis, but angelos wasn't OKing full-bore pursuit of gordon/cespedes/upton yet — Jon Heyman (@JonHeyman) January 6...
Via Larry Brown Sports
January 05, 2016  |  Discuss

Report: Padres in talks with Ian Desmond

    Padres general manager A.J. Preller learned his lesson last offseason when he shopped ’til he dropped on the free agent market. Ironically, he then witnessed the team actually drop (in the standings) as their mismatched roster of big-name talent largely failed to come together. Now he appears to be targeting more cost-effective, slightly lower-tier contributors, namely...
Via Larry Brown Sports
January 03, 2016  |  Discuss

We need to talk about these new San Diego Padres uniforms

On Tuesday night, the San Diego Padres unveiled not one, but two new alternate uniforms to be worn during the 2016 MLB season along with a new home jersey commemorating the 2016 All-Star Game, which will be held at Petco Park in July. First, to continue with their tradition of honoring the US military, the Padres will be wearing navy digital camo uniforms during every Sunday home...
Via The Outside Corner
December 02, 2015  |  Discuss

San Diego Padres unveil awesome new uniforms

San Diego Padres fans haven’t had much to cheer about over the past few seasons, but that changed on Tuesday. The franchise gave a huge gift to its supporters by unveiling new uniforms, including an homage to the past San Diegans have been demanding for years. Along with a new home white jersey and new camouflage alternate uniforms, the team introduced a new brown and yellow...
Via Rumors and Rants
December 01, 2015  |  Discuss

Mark McGwire expected to be named Padres bench coach

Multiple reports now claim the San Diego Padres will add former slugger Mark McGwire to their staff as the bench coach in the coming days. McGwire has spent the last three seasons as the hitting coach for the Los Angeles Dodgers and the three years before that in the same capacity with the St. Louis Cardinals. New Padres manager Andy Green has made significant changes to the...
Via Rumors and Rants
November 25, 2015  |  Discuss

Red Sox acquire Craig Kimbrel for four minor leaguers

One day after I wrote about the relief market developing quickly with respect to Darren O’Day, Ken Rosenthal reported that the Red Sox acquired veteran closer Craig Kimbrel from the Padres. In return, San Diego gets four young players: Infielders Carlos Asuaje and Javy Guerra, outfielder Manuel Margot, and left-handed pitcher Logan Allen The Padres traded for Kimbrel less...
Via The Outside Corner
November 13, 2015  |  Discuss

Former No. 1 MLB pick Matt Bush released from prison

Matt Bush was released from prison on Friday after being incarcerated in 2012 for DUI with serious bodily harm, according to Joe Smith of the Tampa Bay Times. Former @MLB No. 1 pick and #Rays RHP Matt Bush was released from prison Friday, incarcerated since spring 2012 for DUI/serious bodily harm — Joe Smith (@TBTimes_JSmith) October 31, 2015   The former No. 1 overall...
Via Sportsnaut
October 31, 2015  |  Discuss
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