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Monday, April 25, 2016

Yadier Molina points out suspicious man with binoculars in Padres’ center-field camera well

Not cool to “hack” into the Cardinals signs like that!

But the practice of sign-stealing goes from an innocent and understandable part of on-field play to a weirder and more concerning competitive advantage if and when teams incorporate agents and technologies beyond the diamond to figure out what their opponents are planning. The Toronto Blue Jays have long been dogged by allegations of a mysterious man in white clothing — the Man in White — who sits in center field at the Rogers Centre and relays pitch calls to Blue Jays hitters, somehow. And on Sunday, with the Padres hitting at a home game at Petco Park, Yadier Molina spotted something suspicious out in center field:

It happens so quickly that it’s not easy to see what’s going on here. But Molina appeared to be discussing something with home-plate umpire Sean Barber throughout Brett Wallace’s at-bat with two out and two on in the ninth. And after Wallace — who represented the potential tying run for the Padres — put a good swing on a Trevor Rosenthal fastball and fouled it off, Molina began pointing out to the center-field camera well.

Who was in the center field camera well?

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: April 25, 2016 at 10:52 AM | 8 comment(s)
  Beats: cardinals, padres, sign-stealing, yadier molina

Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Watch: Padres manager Green snaps over balk call | theScore.com

This play was discussed on MLB Radio this morning. According to the hosts, the umpires reversed the call back after talking to Hurdle *and* after viewing a replay on the Jumbotron. If that’s true, MLB has a problem because balk calls aren’t reviewable. Of course, we are headed toward 30 second mound visits for pitching coaches to speed up the game and 10 five-minute replay reviews every game.

Jim Furtado Posted: April 20, 2016 at 09:18 AM | 28 comment(s)
  Beats: andy green, padres

Friday, April 15, 2016

Phillies’ Velasquez strikes out 16 in shutout | MLB.com

Does it get an asterisk because it was against the Padres AAA lineup?

Jim Furtado Posted: April 15, 2016 at 05:41 AM | 16 comment(s)
  Beats: padres, phillies

Monday, April 04, 2016


Tuesday, March 22, 2016

The day the direction of the Padres changed | SanDiegoUnionTribune.com

The story gets better.

Preller was the quirky, baseball savant who showed up for interviews with a nondescript spiral notebook that Peter Seidler, the franchise’s lead investor, described as the kind you’d pick up at a Target with “scribbles and notes at all these weird angles.”

Other finalists, by contrast, surrounded themselves with leather-bound notepads, Power Point presentations and unmistakable polish.

Preller, though, had climbed into final contention for the job with Yankees Assistant GM Billy Eppler, now GM of the Anaheim Angels and reportedly Dee’s initial pick. The candidate with the no-ego notebook requested one more sit-down as he scouted an area high school tournament.

“I told him I’d meet him one last time, just as a kind of courtesy, because he was so good throughout the process,” Dee said. “He basically blew me away. When I said, if we don’t go with you because of this concern or that concern, he was just like an attorney cross-examining. He basically mitigated every concern.

“I got back to San Diego at 5 a.m. and called (Chairman) Ron Fowler at 8 a.m. I said, ‘I had a change of heart overnight.’ We have to hire A.J.”

Jim Furtado Posted: March 22, 2016 at 03:22 PM | 4 comment(s)
  Beats: a.j. preller, general managers, padres

Wednesday, March 16, 2016

New manager Andy Green is a breath of fresh air for the Padres and MLB | FOX Sports

“The first time I talked to the team, that was part of my message,” he says. “That’s the heartbeat of who I am. Better people make better teammates. Better teammates make better players. Being selfless, thinking about others, is a great way to live your life.”

Jim Furtado Posted: March 16, 2016 at 08:01 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: andy green, managers, padres

Tuesday, March 08, 2016

Padres ‘very active’ on free agent Tim Lincecum | SanDiegoUnionTribune.com

Lincecum, 31, is expected to pitch in a showcase in Scottsdale or Tempe “sometime in the next two weeks,” Thurman said.

The showcase, which could be attended by all 30 clubs, was originally scheduled for mid-January, but it has been pushed back a number of times.

“He’s really been focusing on getting ready for the season and preparing for the season,” Thurman said. “This is really like his spring training right now. As soon as he’s ready, we’ll have a showcase. ... He’s healthy right now. He’s doing all the same things that pitchers that are already signed with clubs are. He’s in the same spot. He’s building up his arm strength so that when he actually goes and does a showcase he’s going to be game-ready.”

Jim Furtado Posted: March 08, 2016 at 06:17 AM | 10 comment(s)
  Beats: padres, tim lincecum

Thursday, February 18, 2016

Matt Kemp, The Brink Of Disaster | Padres Public

Who could have expected this? The Dodgers?

Jim Furtado Posted: February 18, 2016 at 05:48 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: matt kemp, padres

Thursday, February 11, 2016

Tim Flannery is fed up with Padres fans, writes lengthy statement

For a quick history lesson, Flannery spent the entirety of his 11-year playing career in San Diego, even playing on their first World Series team back in 1984. Flannery was also a part of Bruce Bochy’s coaching staff in San Diego from 1996-2002. After Bochy was allowed to leave San Diego for the managerial job in San Francisco, Flannery rejoined him on the coaching staff until his retirement in 2014.

Based on Flannery’s rant, it’s apparent there are some fans who feel he turned his back on San Diego to join the rival Giants. And it’s very clear he’s tired of hearing from those people.

Meatwad Posted: February 11, 2016 at 02:11 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: fans, giants, padres, tim flannery

Saturday, February 06, 2016

Padres say they’re not rebuilding, plan to compete in 2016 | SanDiegoUnionTribune.com

If the Padres won’t call this a rebuild, what do they expect in 2016?

“Significant improvement,” said executive chairman Ron Fowler. “We underperformed last year. Our goal is to overperform this year.”

“For us, 2015 was just a step in the process,” said president and CEO Mike Dee. “It was part of a journey, part of the plan. 2016 brings a next step with a new manager and a team we think is going to compete.”

“We’re looking to field a team that’s competitive in the short- and long-term,” said general manager A.J. Preller. “I think the biggest thing is you want to continue to grow, and on the big-league side, it’s going to be fun to watch (manager) Andy Green this season putting players on the field and getting them in position to play better.”

Said lead investor Peter Seidler: “We’re going to try to be in the playoffs this year, and that’s going to be from day one.”

 

Jim Furtado Posted: February 06, 2016 at 06:10 PM | 9 comment(s)
  Beats: padres

Thursday, February 04, 2016

Don Orsillo makes new home with Padres | MLB.com

The Padres have a great announcer.

Jim Furtado Posted: February 04, 2016 at 03:07 PM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: broadcasters, don orsillo, padres, red sox

Thursday, January 14, 2016

Alexei Ramirez agrees to deal with Padres | MLB.com

Who’s left on Ian Desmond’s dance card?

Jim Furtado Posted: January 14, 2016 at 05:08 PM | 11 comment(s)
  Beats: alexei ramirez, padres

Sunday, January 03, 2016

San Diego Padres should sign Ian Desmond because its a perfect fit | FOX Sports

Unless his asking price plummets and he’s willing to do a one-year deal, I don’t see the Padres as a good fit.

The San Diego Padres are having ongoing discussions with the agent for free-agent shortstop Ian Desmond, according to major-league sources. While there’s a natural fit between the parties, no deal appears close — yet.

Two months into the offseason, the position-player sector of the free-agent market remains a multimillion-dollar staring contest. For those growing weary of the wait, it’s encouraging that the most logical scenario in the entire industry — Desmond to San Diego — remains alive.

Desmond hit 88 home runs over the past four seasons, 17 more than the majors’ next-highest full-time shortstop, Troy Tulowitzki.

Over the same span, the Padres scored the second-fewest runs in the big leagues. Only one player on the team’s current roster — outfielder Matt Kemp — hit more than 15 home runs in the majors last year.

The Padres’ incumbent shortstop, Alexi Amarista, had the worst OPS (.544) of any National League player with at least 300 at-bats in 2015. But San Diego general manager A.J. Preller wasn’t overly aggressive in pursuing Desmond in November and December for a simple reason: Demand from other teams in the shortstop market is virtually nonexistent.

Jim Furtado Posted: January 03, 2016 at 09:25 AM | 13 comment(s)
  Beats: padres

Wednesday, December 30, 2015

Baseball: Saito getting fresh start seeing game from other side | Kyodo News

The Padres have a new intern.

For many players, leaving the game begs the huge question of what to do next, but for former big league reliever Takashi Saito, that period was remarkably brief.

A month after throwing his last pitch for his hometown Rakuten Eagles, the former National League all-star announced he would be joining the San Diego Padres as a front office intern, a job that took him to Nashville, Tennessee, this month for the baseball winter meetings.

At the time of the announcement, Saito said, “My premise is that for the future of Japanese baseball, people will be needed to enact change and this is my one chance.”

A month later Saito is still wide-eyed and excited by the possibilities.

Jim Furtado Posted: December 30, 2015 at 06:19 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: padres, takashi saito

Thursday, December 17, 2015

11.4 MB: Inside AJ Preller | Padres Public

Trade Ross to fill a hole and then sign Kazmir? Why not just sign a free agent to fill a hole and keep Ross?

With Ross traded, the Padres would need to go out and get a good starting pitcher to take his place. Scott Kazmir isn’t Tyson Ross, but he is a good, left-handed starting pitcher, who at 32 years old and with an injury history (that now appears behind him after 3 straight healthy seasons), will be looking for a 4 year deal in free agency. MLB Trade Rumors has a prediction for him at 4 years, $52 million, and given the market, I’d say make it $56 million and you’ve got a deal, and still up to $21 million left to spend.

Jim Furtado Posted: December 17, 2015 at 02:49 PM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: padres, tyson ross

Friday, December 11, 2015

Bethancourt, a cautionary tale about prospects, dealt to Padres | Jeff Schultz blog

So, he only has issues with his work ethic, offense, and defense. Other than that, he’s a good prospect.

His problem? Defense. The Braves could put up with offensive issues. (Bethancourt hit .327 with Triple-A Gwinnett but only .205 in 48 games and 155 at-bats in the big leagues last year.) But with a young pitching staff and an offensively challenged roster, they couldn’t afford his struggles behind the plate. He had four errors and eight passed balls during his brief time with the Braves and three errors and a passed ball in the minors.

Braves president of baseball operations John Hart said last July, “I don’t think he has embraced what it is he needs to do to sell out to his pitching staff, to drive the train.”

Jim Furtado Posted: December 11, 2015 at 09:50 AM | 7 comment(s)
  Beats: braves, christian bethancourt, padres

Wednesday, December 09, 2015

Padres shopping Travis Jankowski, Hunter Renfroe | SanDiegoUnionTribune.com

What are the Padres doing?

The club has been shopping outfield prospects Travis Jankowski and Hunter Renfroe, sources told the Union-Tribune on Wednesday. San Diego also is listening on its top three starting pitchers—Tyson Ross, James Shields and Andrew Cashner—and one source said the Padres have been particularly aggressive about pushing Cashner’s name in conversations.

The Padres may be merely gauging interest in their players, but it’s worth noting that neither Jankowski nor Renfroe was drafted under Preller’s watch. Gyorko was sent to the St. Louis Cardinals for veteran Jon Jay, who, like Jankowski, is a left-handed-hitting center fielder.

Jim Furtado Posted: December 09, 2015 at 06:30 PM | 5 comment(s)
  Beats: padres, trade rumors

Tuesday, December 08, 2015


Friday, December 04, 2015

Padres, Angels, Dodgers Showing Most Interest In Utley

The Padres, Angels and Dodgers are showing the most interest in second baseman Chase Utley, reports ESPN’s Jayson Stark. Utley has told friends that his preference is to play in his native California, Stark hears, adding that the Los Angeles area native now resides in northern California but still has family in the southern portion of the state.

Some believe that the Padres’ interest could be a precursor to a trade of some kind, Stark writes, as the team has internal second base options in the form of Jedd Gyorko and Jose Pirela. (Additionally, I’d list Cory Spangenberg, Yangervis Solarte and recently acquired Carlos Asuaje in that mix.) Given the depth of options the Padres have at second, the Utley connection is perhaps a bit surprising, but Stark nonetheless characterizes the team’s interest as “strong.”

The Angels, he notes, could look to use Utley both at second base and designated hitter next season depending on matchups. Johnny Giavotella manned second for most of the 2015 season in Anaheim while batting .272/.318/.375 and delivering suspect defense. Of course, Utley himself is coming off a mere .212/.286/.343 batting line between the Phillies and Dodgers. And, at 37 (later this month), it might not be wise to count on plus defense from the veteran, though metrics like Ultimate Zone Rating and Defensive Runs Saved pegged him as only slightly below average and much preferred his work to that of the younger Giavotella.

Stark writes that the Dodgers could use Utley as a short-term stopgap to prospect Jose Peraza — a former Top 100 prospect with the Braves that debuted with the Dodgers in 2015 but received just 25 plate appearances in the Majors. Peraza has considerable speed, but his combined .293/.316/.378 line between the Triple-A affiliates for L.A. and Atlanta wasn’t as impressive as his work at the lower levels in the minors. Then again, he’s also still just 21 years of age, making him significantly younger than the bulk of his competition in Triple-A.

Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports tweets that the Dodgers have more interest in Utley than they do in Ben Zobrist, which would seem to mesh with the notion that a short-term bridge to Peraza is the preferred route for the team. An outside addition isn’t necessarily needed at all, thanks to the presence of Enrique Hernandez, although adding Utley in a stopgap capacity would allow the Dodgers to continue leveraging Hernandez’s versatility in somewhat of a super-utility capacity.

EvilBoWeevil Posted: December 04, 2015 at 10:10 AM | 10 comment(s)
  Beats: angels, braves, dodgers, padres, phillies, rumors

Wednesday, December 02, 2015

Padres trade Alonso to A’s for Pomeranz

Go Yonder, Alonso!

The Padres are trading first baseman Yonder Alonso to the Oakland Athletics in exchange for left-hander Drew Pomeranz. According to ESPN.com’s Keith Law, the Padres are including lefty reliever Marc Rzepczynski in the deal, while Oakland also will send minor league left-hander Jose Torres to San Diego.

Pomeranz, 27, is a former top pitching prospect with both starting and bullpen experience in the majors. A harder thrower than most lefties, he went 5-6 last season with a 3.66 ERA in 53 appearances, including nine starts (he also recorded three saves). Over 86 innings, he allowed 71 hits and 31 walks while striking out 82.

Pomeranz underwent clavicle resection surgery, not considered a major shoulder procedure, in October. At the time, he was expected to be ready for spring training.

 


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

The mystery of 600 abandoned Chris Denorfia bobbleheads

Free agent outfielder Chris Denorfia, most recently of the Cubs, previously spent four-plus seasons as a member of the Fightin’ Padres of San Diego. During his Padres tenure, Denoria was, according to inviolable custom, rendered in the timeless medium of the bobblehead. That’s standard enough fare thus far, but this, people, is where the script gets flipped. From NBC-7 San Diego ...

Several roommates were miffed when 600 bobbleheads bearing the face of a former Padres player mysteriously turned up near their doorstep in University City, San Diego.

Now they’re resorting to handing them out as party favors.

Meatwad Posted: November 13, 2015 at 04:57 PM | 15 comment(s)
  Beats: chris denorfia, christmas presents, cubs, padres

Thursday, November 12, 2015

Joaquin Benoit traded from Padres to Mariners | MLB.com

A Mariners bullpen that sported the sixth-worst ERA in the Major Leagues last season received a major boost on Thursday, when veteran right-hander Joaquin Benoit was acquired from the Padres for a pair of low-level Minor Leaguers.

In exchange, new general manager Jerry Dipoto parted ways with starter Enyel De Los Santos and infielder Nelson Ward.

Jim Furtado Posted: November 12, 2015 at 04:41 PM | 15 comment(s)
  Beats: mariners, padres, trades

Sunday, November 08, 2015

Hot stove preview: Padres, A.J. Preller seek balance | SanDiegoUnionTribune.com

Preller is in a difficult position. When you make a big splash for the present, winning is expected. How will he regroup?

Preller, who recently hired a rookie manager in Andy Green, dives into Offseason No. 2 with fewer bullets in the chamber. The present agenda might seem straightforward—“The two biggest things right now are getting conversations going as far as free agents and trades, and helping Andy round out the coaching staff,” Preller said Wednesday before boarding a plane—but there is plenty to consider.

Jim Furtado Posted: November 08, 2015 at 10:11 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: padres

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

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