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A.J. Preller Adds More Right-Handed Power (Pitching)

If you want your kid to be a ball player, teach ‘em how to throw left-handed — at least that’s the old adage. Well, if you want your kid to play for the Padres, you might be better off just allowing him (or her!) to grow up into a hard-throwing right hander. A.J. Preller’s pursuit of right-handed power hitting has been a major storyline this offseason: from Matt Kemp to...
Via Padres Public
10 hours ago  |  Discuss

Padres beat Reds 6-3

GOODYEAR, Ariz. (AP) -- Matt Kemp hit the first of San Diego's three homers off Anthony DeSclafani -- a new addition to Cincinnati's rotation -- and the Padres pulled away to a 6-3 victory over the Reds on Monday. Kemp hit a two-run shot in the fourth inning for his fourth homer of the spring. Clint Barmes added a solo shot, and Yangervis Solarte had a three-run homer during the...
Via AP on Fox
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Padres Acquire Mazzoni, PTBNL; Trade Torres

It’s a fairly quiet move, but one worth noting nonetheless. The San Diego Padres have acquired minor league pitcher Cory Mazzoni and a player-to-be-named-later (PTBNL) from the New York Mets in exchange for reliever Álex Torres. Torres, a 27-year old southpaw who was acquired from the Tampa Bay Rays last offseason in exchange for Brad Boxberger and Logan Forsythe, appeared in...
Via Friarhood
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Torres and His Big Hat are Headed to the Big Apple

Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports was the first to report that the Padres had traded left-handed reliever Alex Torres to the New York Mets. The return initially was unknown, but it was later discovered that the Padres will receive right-hander Cory Mazzoni and a player-to-be-named-later. Torres was traded  from the Tampa Bay Rays to the Padres before the 2014 season. Josh Byrnes...
Via Friarhood
1 day ago  |  Discuss

San Diego Padres: Countdown to opening day

It’s finally time and when I say finally, I really mean finally. We’ve all been waiting around for opening day AND IT’S NOW LESS THAN TWO DAYS AWAY. Padres’ fans can now stop making prediction after prediction about the upcoming season (which I’m completely guilty of) and actually start watching their predictions come true. (More like watch our dreams come true.) Before...
2 days ago  |  Discuss

San Diego Padres: Five predictions for 2015

The regular season is right around the corner, which means it’s time to disguise irrational predictions as bold ones. There hasn’t been this much excitement about the Padres in over a decade, and I can’t wait to watch it all unfold. Here are five predictions for 2015. Justin Upton 1. Justin Upton will hit 50 home runs Upton’s careerhigh is 31, which he set back in 2011...
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Not Everyone is Excited About Oakland’s Pride Night

When the Oakland A’s announced that they’d be holding Pride Night June 17 when they take on the San Diego Padres…I got super excited. Unfortunately, not everyone was as excited. @Athletics just unfollowed, want no part of that — Josh Micke (@JoshMicke) March 26, 2015 @Athletics @billybeanball What is this garbage? What does this have to do with baseball? — Tyler Brown...
Via Hall of Very Good
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Padres newcomer James Shields to start on opening day

SURPRISE, Ariz. (AP) San Diego Padres newcomer James Shields has been picked to start on opening day. Padres manager Bud Black made the announcement Saturday. San Diego opens the season on April 6 at the Los Angeles Dodgers. Shields has never pitched at Dodger Stadium. Shields signed a $75 million, four-year deal with the Padres last month. The 33-year-old righty became a free agent...
Via AP on Fox
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Padres Rumor Mill: 3/27/15

The Search for a Back-up Catcher With the loss of Tim Federowicz for 3-6 months, it is unclear who the Padres plan to back-up starting catcher Derek Norris. 11-year veteran Wil Nieves seems to be the lead candidate for the spot, especially now that catching prospect Austin Hedges has been optioned to minor-league camp. However, earlier this week, George King III of the...
Via Friarhood
4 days ago  |  Discuss

Black: Different vibe for Padres organization this season

San Diego Padres manager Bud Black turned the corner to meet the press on the first day of spring training and was taken aback at the throng of reporters waiting. "What are we, the Yankees?" Black asked. No, but they're no longer the anonymous Padres, the light-hitting, star-less team planted near the bottom of the NL West. Thanks to first-year general manager A.J. Preller's wild...
Via AP on Fox
5 days ago  |  Discuss

10 Things You Probably Didn’t Know About Andrew Cashner…Because I Made Them Up

San Diego Padres pitcher Andrew Cashner gets tangled up trying to catch a throwing ring during activity prior to batting practice warmups a baseball game in San Diego, Saturday, July 13, 2013.(AP Photo/Lenny Ignelzi) Padres pitcher Andrew Cashner had some memorable performances in 2014. Just imagine what he would have done if he hadn’t spent nearly 3 months on the disabled list...
Via Padres Public
5 days ago  |  Discuss

2015 season preview: San Diego Padres

Even with the Chicago Cubs acquiring Jon Lester, and the Chicago White Sox doing their thing, and the multitude of Cole Hamels-to-Boston rumors, the San Diego Padres, of all teams, managed to serve as the talk of the offseason. And why not? They improved perhaps more than any other team in the game, completely overhauling their big league roster while keeping their top prospects...
Via The Outside Corner
5 days ago  |  Discuss

7 Reasons You Should Be Excited For the 2015 MLB Season

1. Opening Day It’s the day every baseball fan has been waiting for. Opening Day. It is an atmosphere like no other. It signals the beginning of summer time. Opening day is like a holiday for some (including myself), and great memories are created on Opening Day. 2. Stocked Rotations This season will be another year of the pitcher. Free agent pitcher Max Scherzer signed a...
Via Baseball Hot Corner
6 days ago  |  Discuss

10 Things You Probably Didn’t Know About Tyson Ross…Because I Made Them Up

Starting pitcher Tyson Ross improved upon the success of his 2013 Padres debut with an NL All-Star appearance selection in 2014. As a key member of the Padres rotation, fans are looking for more big things from Ross in 2015. Inspired by a new Friarwire feature by Bill Center, here are ten things you probably didn’t know about Ross. And you didn’t know them because they are...
Via Padres Public
6 days ago  |  Discuss

San Diego Padres: position battle: shortstop

Clint Barmes Let me preface this article by saying the Padres don’t have a shortstop. Oh, they have Alexi Amarista and Clint Barmes and another body or two, but they don’t have a starting quality shortstop they can play everyday. It’s not just the 40-man roster that’s barren with middle-infield depth. There’s nobody in AAA or AA ready to make the jump sometime midseason...
9 days ago  |  Discuss

Opening Day Preview: San Diego Padres

Matt Kemp will attempt to be the primary piece to bring the Padres to the playoffs San Diego Padres 2015 Preview Wow. What an off-season the San Diego Padres had. Upwards of 6 new faces will take the field for San Diego when they open up their season on April 6th at the Los Angeles Dodgers. That game will be one baseball fans should stay glued to as former Dodger superstar Matt...
Via Baseball Hot Corner
10 days ago  |  Discuss

Middlebrooks was hurt by Red Sox signing of Sandoval

The Boston Red Sox’s pursuit of third baseman Pablo Sandoval was neither quiet nor surprising, so Will Middlebrooks had plenty of time to brace himself for the reality of losing his job. That sense of inevitability did little to lessen the blow. “It stung a little bit, just because I cared so much about being a part of that team,” Middlebrooks, now of the San Diego Padres...
13 days ago  |  Discuss

With James Shields, Do the Padres Have the Best Rotation in the National League?

View image | With the start of the MLB regular season right around the corner, TopSportsReport thought it was time to ramp up our baseball coverage.  In order to jump start our coverage, we decided it would be smart for us to have an article where we could share some opinions about each team.  In order to do so, we decided to put out a power rankings article...
Via TopSportsReport
13 days ago  |  Discuss

Sunday Notes: Middlebrooks in SD, Ottavino’s New Case Study, LaTroy at 42, more from AZ

Will Middlebrooks is between a rock and a hard place when it comes to explaining his unfulfilled potential in Boston. The 26-year-old third baseman is hesitant to blame injuries – no one wants to be seen as an excuse-maker — but there’s no denying his familiarity with the trainer’s table. Wrist, finger, leg, back – […]
Via Fangraphs
16 days ago  |  Discuss

San Diego Padres: Backup Behind the Plate

With the news that Tim “Fed-Ex” Federowicz, acquired in the December Matt Kemp trade, will be sidelined for three to six months after undergoing arthroscopic surgery on his right knee, the San Diego Padres are now in search of a catcher to backup All-Star Derek Norris. Many experts have speculated that 22 year old top prospect Austin Hedges could fill that role, being that his...
Via Hot Stove MLB
16 days ago  |  Discuss

San Diego Padres 2015 Preview and Prediction

It was shaping up to be another ho-hum winter for the Padres when first-year general manager A.J. Preller changed the complexion of the team with a...
Via Athlon Sports
18 days ago  |  Discuss

The Outside Corner scouting report: Will Ferrell

2015’s most talked-about minor league signee with an invite to Spring Training made his 10-team debut on Thursday, as Will Ferrell showed off his athletic prowess by playing 10 positions in five games, including acting as third base coach for the Chicago Cubs. Here’s what you can expect from the newcomer. Will Ferrell: Date of Birth: 7/16/1967 (Will be 48 on July 1st) Height...
Via The Outside Corner
18 days ago  |  Discuss

Will Middlebrooks: ‘I Loved My Time In Boston,’ I’m Ready For Padres Career

This embed is invalid" /> Will Middlebrooks’ time with the Red Sox included both highs and lows, yet the third baseman’s passion for playing in Boston never wavered. Middlebrooks, who was traded to the San Diego Padres over the offseason for catcher Ryan Hanigan, is embracing his fresh start on the West Coast. The 26-year-old also recently defended...
24 days ago  |  Discuss

Tim Federowicz went to taco stand in Mexico to research trade to Padres

The San Diego Padres overhauled their roster this offseason through a series of trades and signings. Among the transactions saw the arrival of Matt Kemp from the Dodgers. Included in that deal was catcher Tim Federowicz. How Federowicz found out he was traded is quite the story. The 27-year-old spent part of his offseason playing...Read More
Via Larry Brown Sports
February 23, 2015  |  Discuss

Padres are bringing back the brown pinstripes

It’s not the complete uniform overhaul that we championed for earlier this month, but the San Diego Padres *will* be bringing back their brown pinstriped uniforms in 2015 for five Wednesday day games. New in 2015: Way Back Wednesdays! For 5 Wednesday day games, team will wear home brown pinstripe uniforms ('85-'90) — San Diego Padres (@Padres...
Via The Outside Corner
January 28, 2015  |  Discuss

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