Baseball for the Thinking Fan

Login | Register | Feedback

btf_logo

News

All News | Prime News

Old-School Newsstand


Contributors

Jim Furtado
Founder & Publisher
Repoz
Editor - Baseball Primer

Syndicate

Padres Newsbeat

Friday, February 15, 2019

Manny Machado reportedly met with Padres GM in Miami

The San Diego Padres’ pursuit of Manny Machado continued with a reported face-to-face meeting earlier this week in Miami.

According to Kevin Acee of the San Diego Union-Tribune, Padres general manager A.J. Preller made the cross-country flight to Miami to meet with Machado and his wife. It’s the second meeting the Padres and Machado have had this offseason, but this one clearly has a more personal feel. Acee termed the meeting “a step that indicates the sides continue to work toward a possible agreement.”

The Padres’ interest in Machado has gradually increased the longer he’s remained available. San Diego has also been a late entry into the Bryce Harper sweepstakes. Members of the Padres front office recently flew to Harper’s hometown of Las Vegas to meet with the free agent and his representation.

Quite frankly, any non-Miami-based team meeting with a player in Miami seems more plausible than the Marlins doing so….

 

QLE Posted: February 15, 2019 at 06:19 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: manny machado, miami, padres

Tuesday, February 12, 2019

Report: Padres hire A.J. Ellis as special assistant to baseball operations

MLB.com’s A.J. Cassavell reports that catcher A.J. Ellis has been hired as a special assistant to the Padres’ baseball operations department under executive VP and GM A.J. Preller. That’s a lot of A.J.’s.

There’s got to be a good dissertation in analyzing why back-up catchers seem to flow into baseball management, although I’m not sure if it’s something for the sociologists, the psychologists, or the people in schools of business and administration.

QLE Posted: February 12, 2019 at 05:20 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: a.j. ellis, padres, special assistant

Saturday, February 09, 2019

Long-suffering Padres fans can’t wait to see Tatis Jr.

SAN DIEGO (AP) — With a mighty bat flip and joyous home run trot in winter ball, Fernando Tatis Jr. stirred a frenzy among long-suffering San Diego Padres fans eager to see the hotshot shortstop prospect make it to the big leagues.

Tatis’ bat flip after hitting a walk-off homer in a Dominican Winter League playoff game in early January went viral on social media. Fans envision the 20-year-old doing it at Petco Park, perhaps with fewer theatrics than players can get away with in winter ball.

Tatis’ eagerly awaited major league debut most likely will come this year, if not on opening day then after he gets some time in Triple-A.

Hope they don’t mind waiting a few weeks….

 

 

QLE Posted: February 09, 2019 at 06:18 AM | 8 comment(s)
  Beats: fernando tatis jr., padres, spring training

Sunday, February 03, 2019

Report: Mets, Padres interested in Gio González

Free agent left-hander Gio González has continued to draw interest from the Mets this offseason, Andy Martino of the New York Daily News reports. They aren’t the only interested party, either, as MLB.com’s Jon Morosi noted Thursday that the Padres have added González’s name to an ever-expanding list of potential free agent targets. Time is running out before the 2019 season kicks off, however, and it remains to be seen whether either team will close a deal with the starter in the weeks to come.

Given the teams in question, we can’t rule out them being interested in Gonzalez for utterly ridiculous reasons.

QLE Posted: February 03, 2019 at 04:27 AM | 14 comment(s)
  Beats: gio gonzalez, mets, padres

Friday, February 01, 2019

Padres Meet With Bryce Harper

At what point in this will people start to be thrown into the Spanish Announcers’ Table?

QLE Posted: February 01, 2019 at 04:17 AM | 24 comment(s)
  Beats: bryce harper, hot stove, padres

Sunday, January 27, 2019

Padres, Dodgers may have taken lead on J.T. Realmuto talks

Talks that will probably become moot the minute Gary Sanchez breaks a fingernail….

QLE Posted: January 27, 2019 at 08:25 AM | 10 comment(s)
  Beats: dodgers, j.t. realmuto, padres

Tuesday, January 22, 2019

Look at Padres’ books shows debt reduction has team in position to spend

He referred to the terms and interest rate on the $130 million debts/bonds balance for Petco Park and the parkade construction. Moores, mired in other financial bogs outside baseball, had been compelled in 2004 to agree to backing from bondholders that included a retirement fund and insurance companies at a blended rate of 8.5 percent, about double the prime rate at the time.

Getting out from under that mountain has been Fowler’s Everest. With the exception of a few detours, all paths have led to this point.

“I knew when I was working on this deal with John Moores we had to inherit this very expensive debt,” Seidler said. “The expectation was there would come a time we could refinance and it would accelerate our financial capacity. Knowing how skilled Ron is organizing a budget and how skilled Ronda is executing a budget, it’s heartening it all came together as it did.”

In the barest terms, the Padres’ budget over the past four years saw approximately 33 percent going toward major league salaries, approximately 32 percent to other baseball expenses (front office salaries, travel, minor league operations, etc.), approximately 22 percent to operating expenses (ballpark operation, all non-baseball departments) and about 9 percent toward debt reduction and interest payments.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: January 22, 2019 at 07:55 AM | 4 comment(s)
  Beats: padres

Tuesday, January 15, 2019

Cleveland Indians have talked to Padres, Reds about 3-team trade involving Corey Kluber | cleveland.com

Senzel to the Padres, Padres OF to Cleveland, and Kluber to the Reds. I can see the Reds also putting in an outfielder to get this to work. To get Kluber, the Reds are going to have to pony up.

Jim Furtado Posted: January 15, 2019 at 08:55 AM | 35 comment(s)
  Beats: indians, padres, reds, trade rumors

Monday, January 14, 2019

Padres’ Wil Myers moving from 3B back to the outfield

SAN DIEGO (AP) — Wil Myers said Saturday he’s moving back to the rebuilding Padres’ crowded outfield, indicating that San Diego likely is still in the market for a third baseman.

Myers said the decision to switch positions yet again was made during a recent discussion with general manager A.J. Preller and manager Andy Green.

“It was more of a group decision,” Myers said at FanFest. “I did tell them I want to do what’s best for the team going forward. Obviously, I want to win and whatever we can do to do that, I’m down for. ... I feel like both sides are happy.”

Of course, they could always put their really expensive, weak-hitting first baseman there, to see if his press clippings about his fielding mean anything….

QLE Posted: January 14, 2019 at 08:35 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: padres, third basemen, wil myers

Friday, December 14, 2018

Padres get Ian Kinsler to play all over infield - The San Diego Union-Tribune

Two years for $8 million.

Jim Furtado Posted: December 14, 2018 at 05:52 PM | 14 comment(s)
  Beats: ian kinsler, padres

Alex Dickerson agrees to minor league deal with Padres

LAS VEGAS- Outfielder Alex Dickerson, who hasn’t played in a regular-season game since 2016 because of two major injuries that required surgery, has agreed to a minor league contract with the San Diego Padres.

The 28-year-old played in one spring training game in 2017, on March 11, and was diagnosed with a bulging disk in his back. He had surgery that June 28, returned for spring training this year and the Padres said March 20 that the left-hander needed Tommy John surgery.

Best wishes, but, if the descriptions in the full article are accurate, he seems to be as delicate as Waterford crystal…..

QLE Posted: December 14, 2018 at 04:16 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: alex dickerson, injuries, padres

Monday, December 10, 2018

Big plans, lower expectations for Padres at winter meetings - The San Diego Union-Tribune

Talks regarding Realmuto go back more than a year, and the Padres will be among the dozen or so other clubs conversing with the Marlins at next week’s winter meetings regarding the catcher who is widely considered baseball’s best.

Despite having Austin Hedges and Francisco Mejia in the majors and two other highly thought-of catching prospects, the Padres have never wavered in their interest in Realmuto, who they see as a potential difference maker of the highest order.

But multiple factors – not least among them the Padres’ belief they are a year away from realistically contending for the postseason – make it unlikely they will swing such a deal this offseason.

Realmuto, who will turn 28 in March, is eligible for free agency after the 2020 season. That means the Padres would be guaranteed to have him for only one season in which they expect to contend.

According to sources familiar with the team’s interest in Realmuto and the organization’s long-term plans at catcher, where they expect highly regarded Luis Campusano could be ready by ’21, essentially renting Realmuto is palatable. But a possible short-term acquisition does affect what the team is willing to give up to get him.

Jim Furtado Posted: December 10, 2018 at 05:45 AM | 48 comment(s)
  Beats: padres

Tuesday, October 02, 2018

Hosmer looks to push reset button after subpar first season with Padres - The San Diego Union-Tribune

It’s weird how nobody saw this coming.

Right through the final day of the season, he was resolute.

“I know I’m going to go back and be the player I know I can be,” Hosmer said before the final game of one of his worst major league seasons. “This isn’t the impression I wanted to make the first year, but there’s nothing I can say to make it any better. Just, I’ll be ready to go next year.”

It’s what he has been thinking about for a while — getting back to South Florida and clearing his mind, pressing reset, getting to work.

But in one brief moment Sunday, before catching himself, he allowed just a hint that last offseason not being normal might have had a little to do with his not achieving at his usual level this season.

“I don’t have to be a lawyer this year or an agent,” Hosmer said. “I can be a baseball player. Not to make any excuse on anything, but I’m excited to go home and really do nothing for about a week and get right back to work. Just have a clear mind this offseason, knowing where I’m going to be next year, knowing where I’m going to be for a while.”

Jim Furtado Posted: October 02, 2018 at 09:33 AM | 43 comment(s)
  Beats: eric hosmer, padres

Monday, October 01, 2018

A.J. Preller On Padres’ Offseason Plans

Padres general manager A.J. Preller spoke to reporters (including Kevin Acee of the San Diego Union-Tribune and AJ Cassavell of MLB.com) today, prior to his team’s final game of what ended up as a 66-96 campaign.  Here are some of the most pertinent items of Preller’s chat, in regards to what his front office has ahead for the coming offseason…

The Padres have approximately $51.4MM in guaranteed salaries committed to the 2019 payroll, with Preller saying “I feel like we’re going to have some financial flexibility because a lot of the players are younger players. We understand we’re at that point from a plan standpoint where we’re going to have to supplement from the outside – be it the free agent or trade route. We’ll look to do that in the next few months.”


Wednesday, September 26, 2018

Francisco Mejia being aggressive at plate

Generally speaking, that’s a good thing. It’s what attracted the Padres to Mejia in the first place. It’s why they gave up Brad Hand and Adam Cimber to acquire him. But…

“Damage is going to be a lot harder to do if he’s swinging at pitches outside of the strike zone,” Green said. “He could get some hits. But driving pitches hard, consistently, is going to be more difficult.”

And therein lies the biggest question mark surrounding Mejia’s bat: As he develops and grows more comfortable in the Majors, can he force pitchers into the strike zone?

“I know that when I’m in the strike zone, I get good pitches and I do damage,” Mejia said through an interpreter. “I can make contact all the time. But it’s not necessarily good contact. It’s something weak, not something I can do damage on.”

Jim Furtado Posted: September 26, 2018 at 03:30 PM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: francisco mejia, padres

Thursday, August 30, 2018

Padres’ Richard to have surgery on both knees

While the Padres announced Richard was placed on the disabled list with left knee inflammation and Green later confirmed surgery on that knee that will end Richard’s season, two sources said Richard is actually going to undergo two surgeries in the next few weeks to clean up lingering issues (bone spurs, rough cartilage and possibly more). Richard, 34, has been affected by the issues since late April and has had surgeries on both knees in past years.

One source said Richard was still reluctant to have the procedures because he didn’t want to be seen as giving up on his team.

Clayton seems like a good guy but his team has already been given up on. They are 51-83 and he personally has the worst stats of any starter in the league because he’s started 27 games with inflammation in both knees. A true innings-eater.

Now their rotation may be entirely rookies, with Tyson Ross gone to the Cardinals on waivers.

Crispix Attacksel Rios Posted: August 30, 2018 at 07:09 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: clayton richard, knees, padres

Tuesday, August 28, 2018

Padres call up prospect Luis Urias - The San Diego Union-Tribune

The Padres hope this call-up becomes a fixture on a playoff caliber team. His power is questionable but the rest of game looks pretty, pretty good.

Jim Furtado Posted: August 28, 2018 at 08:19 AM | 4 comment(s)
  Beats: padres

Friday, November 13, 2015

Craig Kimbrel traded to Red Sox from Padres | MLB.com

Kimbrel is signed for $11 million in 2016 and $13 million in 2017, with a $13 million club option in 2018.

The Red Sox agreed to a deal to acquire closer Craig Kimbrel from the Padres on Friday night. Four prospects are headed to San Diego in return: outfielder Manuel Margot, shortstop Javier Guerra, middle infielder Carlos Asuaje, and left-hander Logan Allen.

Jim Furtado Posted: November 13, 2015 at 08:07 PM | 69 comment(s)
  Beats: craig kimbrel, padres, red sox, trades

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Ryan Ludwick to join Reds

Puzzling strategy. With Ludwick, Chris Heisey, Drew Stubbs, and Jay Bruce, aren’t the Reds outfielders going to wilt in the hot sun due to their skin color?

Ryan Ludwick and the Cincinnati Reds agreed to a $2.5 million, one-year contract Monday, according to a person with knowledge of the deal.

The person spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity Monday night because the deal was pending a physical and no announcement had been made by the team.

An All-Star in 2008 with St. Louis, the 33-year-old Ludwick was traded from San Diego to Pittsburgh at the July 31 deadline last season. He batted a combined .237 with 13 homers and 75 RBIs.

Ludwick could give the Reds the right-handed bat they’ve been seeking to complement lefty sluggers Joey Votto and Jay Bruce. He figures to see playing time in left field, a spot filled mostly by Chris Heisey down the stretch last season after Cincinnati traded Jonny Gomes to Washington in late July.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: January 17, 2012 at 12:07 PM | 7 comment(s)
  Beats: padres, pirates, reds

Monday, January 16, 2012

TSN: Padres sale held up by questions about limited partners

Here we go again:

Major League Baseball has been embarrassed in recent years by financial debacles surrounding the ownership of the Los Angeles Dodgers and New York Mets. And baseball is determined to avoid being burned again, Forbes.com reports.

That’s the real reason owners tabled approval of the sale of the San Diego Padres to Jeff Moorad at last week’s owners meetings, the report says. Commissioner Bud Selig is not convinced of the net worth of Moorad’s limited partners and is putting them “under a microscope,” Forbes reports.

Mike Emeigh Posted: January 16, 2012 at 11:49 AM | 9 comment(s)
  Beats: business, padres

Sunday, January 15, 2012

MLB Trade Rumors: Bartolo Colon Agrees to Sign With Unknown Team

Bartolo Colon has agreed to a deal with an unknown club reports Bob Nightengale of USA Today (on Twitter). The right-hander wouldn’t divulge the team because he has not yet passed his physical.

Pretty sure it’s either the All-Stars or the Champs.


Monday, January 09, 2012

Blasts from the Past

With the Hall of Fame results being announced today, we decided to take a trip down memory lane and dig up some old scouting reports from the Baseball America archives on some of the ballot’s notable candidates. . .

8. Barry Larkin, ss, 21, 5-11, 175, R-R
Larkin looked right at home in AA, hitting .267 for Vermont. He didn’t show power (one home run in 255 at-bats), but that will come. The key for him was just getting his feet on the ground, and he was not overpowered by the high level of competition (21 strikeouts in 255 at-bats). He will have good power for a shortstop.

6. Edgar Martinez, 3b, 25, 5-11, 175, R-R
Martinez’s discipline will produce runs. He’s averaged 70 RBIs the last four years. In the field, he’s solid, with good reactions and the soft hands of a middle infielder.

Jose is an Absurd Kahuna Posted: January 09, 2012 at 03:27 PM | 28 comment(s)
  Beats: astros, blue jays, braves, hall of fame, mariners, padres, reds, yankees

Friday, January 06, 2012

Cubs acquire Rizzo in trade with Padres

Theo: You’re looking good, Riz.
Rizzo: Eat your heart out.
Theo: And sloppy seconds are my style!

The Cubs acquired first baseman Anthony Rizzo and right-hander Zach Cates from the Padres on Friday, sending right-hander Andrew Cashner and outfielder Kyung-Min Na to San Diego.

The 22-year-old Rizzo batted .331 with a 1.056 OPS, 34 doubles, 26 homers and 101 RBIs in 93 games for Triple-A Tucson last year… Rated the top first-base prospect in the league by MLB.com, Rizzo struggled during his brief time in the Majors last season batting .141 with one home run and nine RBIs in 49 games…

Cates, 22… made his professional debut last year, posting a 4-10 record and 4.73 ERA in 118 innings over 25 starts for Class A Fort Wayne. He struck out nearly a batter an inning and allowed only four home runs on the year.

Cashner, 25, went 2-6 with a 4.29 ERA in 60 big league appearances with the Cubs, including one start, over the last two years….he was limited to just seven outings in the Majors last season due to a right shoulder strain.

Na, 20, hit .268 with 10 doubles and 22 RBIs in 83 games between four different teams in the Cubs’ Minor League system last year.

The District Attorney Posted: January 06, 2012 at 03:03 PM | 67 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs, padres

Wednesday, January 04, 2012

Fangraphs: Q&A: Bud Black: Pitching at Petco

DL: Should you pitch more to contact in Petco than in other ballparks?

BB: I think that you can, but there are a couple of ways to look at that. You don’t want to lay the ball in there. But I do think that it can help you mentally — knowing that if you throw the ball to certain spots — you can feel good about it. When you’re behind in the count, you can throw to certain spots, as well.

More than anything, if you’re a strike-thrower… that helps you at Petco. If you’re an extreme fly ball pitcher, that helps you at Petco. When the ball gets hit into the air, it hangs up and maybe doesn’t travel as well because of the coastal situation we have — the heaviness of the air. It’s not unlike San Francisco or Dodger Stadium.

Some pitchers might be hurt because they’re fly ball pitchers. That doesn’t apply to us as much because we play 81 games in our park, plus nine more in both San Francisco and Los Angeles.

DL: Do you want fly ball pitchers on your staff, as opposed to guys who tend to keep the ball on the ground?

BB: Not necessarily. It’s whatever a pitcher has results with. It’s simply that a fly ball pitcher isn’t effected as much in Petco as he would be in a place like Cincinnati, Philadelphia or Toronto.

Thanks to Abe.

Repoz Posted: January 04, 2012 at 09:02 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: padres, sabermetrics

Saturday, December 31, 2011

Padres acquire Carlos Quentin from the White Sox

As Byrnes put it, “We twa hae run about the braes after being hit by a pitch, and pu’d the gowans fine.”

The Padres just announced that they have acquired outfielder Carlos Quentin from the White Sox for prospect right-hander Simon Castro and prospect left-hander Pedro Hernandez.

The District Attorney Posted: December 31, 2011 at 07:01 PM | 41 comment(s)
  Beats: padres, white sox

Page {e2c518d61874f2d4a14bbfb9087a7c2dcurrent_page} of {e2c518d61874f2d4a14bbfb9087a7c2dtotal_pages} pages {e2c518d61874f2d4a14bbfb9087a7c2dpagination_links} | Site Archive

 

 

News

All News | Prime News

Old-School Newsstand


BBTF Partner

Dynasty League Baseball

Support BBTF

donate

Thanks to
ERROR---Jolly Old St. Nick
for his generous support.

Bookmarks

You must be logged in to view your Bookmarks.

Hot Topics

NewsblogMad Max: On what the Nationals ace believes is ‘poisoning’ the game – The Athletic
(41 - 4:47pm, Feb 16)
Last: alilisd

NewsblogNightengale: Trevor Bauer's radical idea on MLB contracts could benefit everyone
(16 - 4:46pm, Feb 16)
Last: Jim Furtado

NewsblogChris Berman Will Be One of the Red Sox Announcers This Year
(45 - 4:28pm, Feb 16)
Last: Tulo's Fishy Mullet (mrams)

NewsblogBraves think their fans are idiots
(8 - 4:21pm, Feb 16)
Last: snapper (history's 42nd greatest monster)

NewsblogDid The Cubs Miss Their Chance To Be A Dynasty?
(7 - 3:58pm, Feb 16)
Last: Walt Davis

NewsblogLuis Severino Agrees to 4-Year Deal as Yankees Try to Lock Up Young Core
(1 - 3:35pm, Feb 16)
Last: Walt Davis

NewsblogOT - 2018-19 NBA thread (All-Star Weekend to Twelfth of Never edition)
(22 - 3:28pm, Feb 16)
Last: My name is Votto, and I love to get blotto

NewsblogThe Bryce, Manny stalemate and the latest on MLB free agency
(7 - 3:22pm, Feb 16)
Last: snapper (history's 42nd greatest monster)

NewsblogWhy is David Price wearing No. 10? Red Sox hurler keeps switch a mystery
(4 - 2:54pm, Feb 16)
Last: Gonfalon Bubble

NewsblogGive Chris Davis a break on his Sarasota arrival. What matters is what he does when things count – The Athletic
(1 - 2:09pm, Feb 16)
Last: akrasian

NewsblogRed Sox' Dustin Pedroia says, in hindsight, he shouldn't have had knee surgery
(5 - 1:42pm, Feb 16)
Last: The Yankee Clapper

NewsblogCC Sabathia has chance to bolster Hall of Fame case before retiring after 2019 season
(57 - 1:40pm, Feb 16)
Last: DanG

Hall of Merit2020 Hall of Merit Ballot Discussion
(158 - 11:31am, Feb 16)
Last: progrockfan

NewsblogPeter O'Brien to play right field for Marlins
(1 - 10:53am, Feb 16)
Last: Nasty Nate

NewsblogWill the Cubs really finish last in 2019? Say it ain't so, PECOTA - Chicago Tribune
(20 - 7:22am, Feb 16)
Last: Jim Furtado

Page rendered in 1.3177 seconds
164 querie(s) executed