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Friday, May 01, 2015

Carlos Quentin is retiring at age 32

He can now retire to pursue he’s lifelong dream - hunting and killing Zack Greinke.

Carlos Quentin, who’s been playing at Triple-A for the Mariners after being released by the Braves last month, has decided to retire at age 32.

Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com reports that Quentin left the Tacoma team Thursday after going 3-for-17 in five games.

Atlanta acquired Quentin from San Diego as part of the Craig Kimbrel trade, but his inclusion was strictly to help balance out the money and the Braves ate his entire $8 million salary in releasing him.

Quentin retires as a career .252 hitter whose power, plate discipline, and ability to get plunked by tons of pitches helped him post a strong .831 OPS. When healthy he was a middle-of-the-order asset, posting an OPS above .800 in six of his nine seasons, but constant injuries limited him to fewer than 130 games in all but two of those years.

 


Saturday, April 18, 2015


Tuesday, April 07, 2015

Bill James Mailbag - 4/7/15

Hey, Bill! Long-time Braves fan here (through some good years, and some VERY bad ones) and it really hurts to see the Braves trade away Craig Kimbrel. I know they claim to be “rebuilding,” but Kimbrel has been one of the best relievers in the game over the last couple of years, and he’s only 26. Wouldn’t you consider…that position, at least…to be already “built?”

It’s Upton. The signing of BJ Upton was utterly inexplicable, for reasons I should probably be polite enough not to outline, but once he was signed, his contract became a huge millstone that was going to drag the organization down for a long time. They almost had to get Upton’s money off the books before they could START re-building, and how are you going to do that? You’ve got to give the other team something they DESPERATELY want—Kimbrel—in order to get them to accept something that they don’t want to have anything to do with—Upton’s contract. I think it was a smart move on Atlanta’s part to do that, but it is terribly sad what has happened to the organization. Just two or three years ago, with Heyward and Freeman, Martin Prado and Brian McCann and Andleton Simmons, it looked like they really had something going. It got away from them with stunning quickness. It always hurts the fans to give up players that they have grown fond of.

Taking a game from yesterday, let’s say we gave Johnny Cueto, who got 21 outs in a Reds win without getting the decision, .77 of a win (Jumbo Diaz got the win by getting one out at the right time). Do you think that over the course of a full career, or even a full season, that a starting pitcher’s win total would be significantly different if wins were calculated in this way? They would certainly get credit for any game the team won, but they would lose some points for every non-complete game. Seems to me it might actually balance out in the end….thoughts?

I’m surprised that we don’t KNOW yet. Here’s what I think: 1) We should definitely fix the rules so that wins and losses are scored as rationally as they can be, regardless of whether it makes a difference or not, 2) I’ve been talking about starting a campaign to try to get this done for years, but it’s one of those things. . .you have to focus on it or you’re just wasting your time, and also, everybody who gets involved in the effort wants to fix the rules a different way, so you have to work out some consensus among yourselves before you can even begin the process, and that takes a year of organizational meetings before you can really start, 3) I don’t understand why we don’t KNOW what difference it would make, since it wouldn’t be a huge project to re-score wins and losses from 1950 forward, so that we wouldn’t be operating in the dark as to what difference it would make, and 4) SPECULATING about what difference it would make, when the answer is knowable but unknown, would be lazy and counter-productive, since we should never speculate about that which we COULD easily know.

Re: the BJ Upton signing being “utterly inexplicable.” I’ve been trying to understand the signing for a long time now, and I always arrive at “bad idea” or “poorly considered”—which is a step short of “utterly inexplicable.”...

Well, not to be accusatory, but BJ Upton just does not hustle. This is very rare at a major league level; there are really only two major league players non who just don’t hustle, plus there are some older guys who conserve a lot of energy but have paid their dues and can get by with it. But it is politically incorrect to SAY that a player wont hustle, even if he won’t, so this kind of escapes the record—not the stat record, but the conversational record. People don’t talk about it; it’s considered impolite. So when the Braves signed this contract, I thought, “Jesus Christ, did they miss the memo on this guy? Did they not scout him? Or have they so completely bought into this notion that it is improper to charge a major league player with laziness that they actually don’t SEE what anybody else can see?” Which happens all the time outside of sports; people don’t see things that they ought to see, because they don’t want to believe in them. It doesn’t usually happen IN sports, because if you do that in sports you will lose. So I don’t know. . .either they didn’t do their homework, or they talked themselves into believing that it’s just a bad rap; there is no such thing as a major league player who doesn’t want to play. To me, it is inexplicable.


Sunday, April 05, 2015

Padres Acquire Craig Kimbrel, Melvin Upton Jr.

Only makes sense to trade Kimbrel (never mind dump B.J.) if you’re rebuilding… but I thought they’d, y’know, get something…

The Braves will acquire [Cameron] Maybin and [Carlos] Quentin, [Ken] Rosenthal tweets. The Braves will also acquire pitcher Matt Wisler, as FOX Sports’ Jon Morosi tweets. [Fangraphs’ Kiley] McDaniel tweets that the Braves will also receive outfield prospect Jordan Paroubeck. Rosenthal tweets that the Braves will also receive the 41st pick in this June’s draft.


Friday, April 03, 2015

Tony Gwynn items set for auction

Items from the collection of Mr. Padre, Tony Gwynn, who passed away last year, will be put up for bid by SCP Auctions.

The auction house has secured more than 100 items from Gwynn’s widow, Alicia, including three All-Star Game rings, a pair of Silver Slugger batting awards and some of the original contracts he signed, including his first professional baseball contract.

The most unusual item is a massive glass shrine made for Gwynn by former San Diego Padres owner John Moores.

Win Big Stein's Money Posted: April 03, 2015 at 06:56 AM | 8 comment(s)
  Beats: padres, tony gwynn

Thursday, April 02, 2015

Grantland (Keri): 2015 NL West Preview

Yasiel Puig bat flips and Hunter Pence GIFs.  What more do you need?

Chris Fluit Posted: April 02, 2015 at 03:44 PM | 3 comment(s)
  Beats: diamondbacks, dodgers, giants, nl west, padres, rockies

Monday, March 30, 2015

Mets find lefty reliever, land Torres from Padres

Still smarting from Josh Edgin’s season-ending elbow injury, the Mets addressed their left-handed relief problem in two quick strikes on Monday, acquiring Alex Torres from the Padres in exchange for pitching prospect Cory Mazzoni and a player to be named, then Jerry Blevins from the Nationals for outfielder Matt den Dekker.

depletion Posted: March 30, 2015 at 08:59 PM | 7 comment(s)
  Beats: mets, nationals, padres

Monday, March 09, 2015

The Favorites For Hector Olivera - BaseballAmerica.com

It will be interesting to see how much he signs for.

Jim Furtado Posted: March 09, 2015 at 06:41 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: braves, cuban free agents, dodgers, hector olivera, padres

Saturday, March 07, 2015

Is this Minor League pitcher actually Andrew Cashner’s clone? | MLB.com

He’s just like him, without the talent.

Jim Furtado Posted: March 07, 2015 at 08:31 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: andrew cashner, padres

Saturday, February 28, 2015

Baseball Prospectus | Prospectus Feature: A.J. Preller’s Offseason and the Toronto Precedent

Put me in the camp of those who think the Padres won’t compete in the NL West in 2015. They will be better than they were in 2014 but not good enough.

Jim Furtado Posted: February 28, 2015 at 08:47 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: blue jays, marlins, padres

Thursday, February 26, 2015

Hedges shrugs off rankings, focused on Majors | padres.com

Austin Hedges is the most overrated prospect in baseball.

“I don’t blame them. If you look at my numbers last season, they weren’t great,” said Hedges, who hit .225 last season with Double-A San Antonio. “Those guys weren’t in the Texas League every day and didn’t see what wasn’t on paper, which was a lot of quality at-bats and hard-contact outs.”

Jim Furtado Posted: February 26, 2015 at 08:14 AM | 3 comment(s)
  Beats: austin hedges, padres, prospects

Monday, February 23, 2015

Q&A: MAT LATOS OPENS UP

Where’s the manager and coaching staff?

After Bronson, the same exact thing. We had starters in there roping our (clubhouse attendants), like, cattle-roping our clubbies. Guys on their computers, buying stuff, hanging out in the clubhouse. We had a guy with a year-and-a-half in the big leagues wandering around the clubhouse, hanging out. We had a closer in there sleeping until the seventh inning. We lose that veteran leadership, that’s what happens. You can’t have that ... it turns into a circus.

Jim Furtado Posted: February 23, 2015 at 06:43 AM | 47 comment(s)
  Beats: marlins, matt latos, padres, reds

Saturday, February 21, 2015

Shields rebuffed bigger Giants offer weeks before landing in San Diego - CBSSports.com

While there’s still no evidence James Shields received or rebuffed a rumored $110 million, five-year offer this winter, Shields did turn down an $80 million, four-year proposal from the Giants a few weeks before signing with the Padres for $75 million—$5 million less than the Giants’ bid—sources familiar with the negotiations said.

Jim Furtado Posted: February 21, 2015 at 10:30 AM | 19 comment(s)
  Beats: giants, james shields, padres

Sunday, February 15, 2015

Preller follows his own map | UTSanDiego.com

Winners never sleep.

Jim Furtado Posted: February 15, 2015 at 09:31 AM | 8 comment(s)
  Beats: a.j. preller, padres

Thursday, February 12, 2015

Schoenfield: Ranking the teams: 18 through 13

I’m just the messenger: Just pointing out that Lester had a 4.82 ERA in 2012 and 3.75 in 2013. Yes, big 2014, new league, no DH and more cutters instead of four-seamers and he could be even better. But you never know. He may not be as good as he was last year. And then there’s Jake Arrieta, former faded prospect turned rotation anchor. He looks like the real deal but ... again ... you never know. Hey, I’m trying. I like the Cubs! I have them ranked 13th!

The final word: If I had more guts I’d predict them to win the division, but they have two strong clubs ahead of them and even the Brewers or Reds are capable of 90 wins. The Cubs are still sorting a few things out and waiting for some of the young guys to mature. Sometimes, teams do break through right away; if Bryant and Jorge Soler are 3-4 win players as rookies and Lester and Arrieta throw 400-plus innings of great baseball, the Cubs could be the big surprise of 2015.

Prediction: 84-78

 

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: February 12, 2015 at 10:21 AM | 26 comment(s)
  Beats: astros, athletics, cubs, david schoenfield, padres, royals, tigers

Monday, February 09, 2015

Next move may be as important as last ones for Padres, Preller | FOX Sports

“If one of these (trades) doesn’t work, we’ll make another one because that’s what we do,” Beane said at the Athletics’ FanFest. “We’re not going to wait around.”
Those should be words to live by for Preller, the Padres’ frenzied first-year GM. Because as much as I love what Preller has done – the sheer energy and audacity of it – his extreme roster makeover still could flop.

Jim Furtado Posted: February 09, 2015 at 07:28 PM | 13 comment(s)
  Beats: padres

Padres, James Shields agree to 4-year deal, according to source - SBNation.com

e Padres have agreed to sign free agent right-hander James Shields to a four-year contract that includes a club option for a fifth season, according to major-league sources. The deal is currently pending a physical, and is likely to be announced early in the week.
...
Shields, 33, is the last major free agent starter to sign with a club in a winter that has already seen Jon Lester join the Cubs and Max Scherzer sign with the Nationals on multi-year deals. His deal is expected to be in the $72-76 million range, according to sources.

Jim Furtado Posted: February 09, 2015 at 07:08 AM | 69 comment(s)
  Beats: free agents, james shields, padres

Thursday, January 29, 2015

Omar Minaya to leave San Diego Padres, join MLBPA as special adviser

The former New York Mets general manager left his job as senior vice president of the San Diego Padres on Thursday to become a special adviser to Major League Baseball Players Association head Tony Clark.

Minaya will focus on international affairs and game development in the U.S., including amateur ball. The number of Dominican and Cuban players in the major leagues has increased, and management hopes to get agreement on an international draft in the collective bargaining agreement that expires after the 2016 season. Currently, only players residing in the U.S., Canada and Puerto Rico are subject to a draft.

Win Big Stein's Money Posted: January 29, 2015 at 09:19 PM | 6 comment(s)
  Beats: mets, padres

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

White ‘invigorated’ by move to Padres’ front office | padres.com

Do any other teams assign their scouts by organization?

The Padres, at the insistence of former assistant general manager A.J. Hinch, added to their pro scouting department before the 2011 season—adding eight scouts to give the team 13 on the pro side, to more than adequately cover all levels of Minor League Baseball. Hinch is now the manager of the Astros.

White said that the current ownership group has committed to provide blanket coverage throughout baseball. One change, White said, is that instead of covering by league or demographic, scouts will be charged with covering an entire organization for better continuity and breadth of coverage.

Jim Furtado Posted: January 27, 2015 at 08:13 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: logan white, padres

Saturday, January 17, 2015

Calcaterra: Petco Park is getting the 2016 All-Star Game

It worked.

Baltimore was supposed to get the 2016 All-Star Game. This is what happens when you mess with the king, Baltimore…

Here are the details behind Baltimore getting shut out of their All-Star Game.

The District Attorney Posted: January 17, 2015 at 02:46 PM | 15 comment(s)
  Beats: all-star game, padres

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Ace Hamels still on Padres’ radar; Wil Myers not involved in talks - CBSSports.com

Can the Padres trade away every good prospect this off-season?

Jim Furtado Posted: January 13, 2015 at 07:53 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: cole hamels, padres, phillies, trade rumors

Sunday, January 11, 2015

Padres ownership deserves major credit | UTSanDiego.com

Like the Diamondbacks, the Padres ownership seems impatient. They want results now, but don’t have an overriding philosophy themselves. Although Preller has been very creative, he hasn’t won anything yet. So, if this plan fails to live up to expectations, don’t be shocked if Preller’s time as a GM in San Diego is short-lived.

Jim Furtado Posted: January 11, 2015 at 08:39 AM | 6 comment(s)
  Beats: padres

Friday, January 09, 2015

5 bold predictions for the rest of the MLB offseason. | SportsonEarth.com : Anthony Castrovince Article

Alas, nobody’s seriously expecting the 20-second pitch clock—the best of the pace-of-play procedures tested in the Arizona Fall League—to be instituted anytime soon, but one league source said the “one foot in the batter’s box” rule that was also tested does have some legs (pun intended).


Wednesday, January 07, 2015

Padres officially welcome Justin Upton, Derek Norris, Will Middlebrooks and Wil Myers. | UTSanDiego.com

“I think people forget that this was my first bad year,” said Myers, a former top prospect. “Everyone talks about ‘his swing was this, his swing was that.’ A lot of that had to do with being hurt, having to make changes in my swing to get to pitches I couldn’t when I was hurt. … This offseason, it’s about getting healthy and coming out and just being the same guy I’ve always been.”

A bigger challenge may be presented in a full-time position switch; though he’s played the vast majority of his big-league career in right, the Padres plan to start Myers in center.

“I think that’s always been my preferred position,” said Myers, who made 100 center-field appearances as a minor leaguer. “That’s something I’ve always wanted to do, and I’m excited to finally get that opportunity.”

Jim Furtado Posted: January 07, 2015 at 07:01 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: derek norris, justin upton, padres, wil myers, will middlebrooks

Saturday, January 03, 2015

Evaluating the Prospects: San Diego Padres | FanGraphs Baseball

The first look I’ve seen about the impact of the Padres trades on their farm system.

Jim Furtado Posted: January 03, 2015 at 08:08 AM | 5 comment(s)
  Beats: padres, scouting reports

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