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Saturday, December 20, 2014

Ranking the 12 prospects the Padres dealt | padres.com

MLB.com’s Jonathan Mayo lays the groundwork for future complaints for Padres fans.

Jim Furtado Posted: December 20, 2014 at 12:59 PM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: padres, prospects

Padres’ faith in GM A.J. Preller leads to big week | UTSanDiego.com

“We just didn’t see the kind of tenacity and the kind of leadership that we’ve seen in the last five months from the baseball-operations side. We just felt a great deal of confidence in A.J. and how prepared he is. I’ve worked around other great GMs in my baseball career, and all of them had an eye for talent and worked hard. But when everybody else maybe kicks back for the night, A.J.’s like, ‘I’m going to hang back here,’ and then he’ll look at another hour-and-a-half of information. He’s just a relentless pursuer of talent. It’s not a job. It’s who he is.”

Jim Furtado Posted: December 20, 2014 at 08:37 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: a.j. preller, padres

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Padres Acquire Derek Norris – MLB Trade Rumors

The Padres and Athletics have continued their busy offseasons with a multiplayer deal that will send catcher Derek Norris to San Diego, Mark Feinsand of the New York Daily News reports (Twitter links).  The full trade is Norris, right-hander Seth Streich and an international signing slot to the Padres with right-handers Jesse Hahn and R.J. Alvarez going to Oakland, Yahoo Sports’ Jeff Passan reports.

Jim Furtado Posted: December 18, 2014 at 10:20 PM | 53 comment(s)
  Beats: athletics, derek norris, jesse hahn, padres

Matt Kemp’s arthritic hips hold up deal with Padres

UPDATE: John Heyman reports, “Holdup on Kemp deal was for SD to work out insurance. All good now.”
This could be a huge problem.

The San Diego Padres are trying to decide whether to finalize or void their blockbuster trade for Los Angeles Dodgers outfielder Matt Kemp after his physical revealed severe arthritis in both hips, a person familiar with the diagnosis told USA TODAY Sports.

The person spoke to USA TODAY only on the condition of anonymity since he was not authorized to discuss the medical issue.

Jim Furtado Posted: December 18, 2014 at 10:14 PM | 41 comment(s)
  Beats: dodgers, padres, trade rumors

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Source: Myers to Padres in 11-player deal with Rays, Nats | MLB.com

This is a trade that may work out for all three teams.

Jim Furtado Posted: December 17, 2014 at 08:56 PM | 21 comment(s)
  Beats: padres, rays, wil myers

Are Wil Myers’ flaws fixable? | FOX Sports

Maybe he’s not as good as prospect evaluators thought.

So what’s the deal? Why is a promising young talent like Myers about to join his third organization before turning 25? Is there a concern about his future that has caused teams to sour on him more quickly than we’d expect, given his performance and pedigree? Let’s take a look under the hood and see if we can identify any potential red flags.

Jim Furtado Posted: December 17, 2014 at 10:14 AM | 121 comment(s)
  Beats: padres, rays, wil myers

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Padres Sign Brandon Morrow

The sun will come up to Morrow.

The San Diego Padres have agreed to terms with free agent right-hander Brandon Morrow on a one-year deal, an industry source told Sportsnet.

Morrow will earn a base salary of $2.5 million plus incentives, according to Corey Brock of MLB.com, who first reported the deal. After years in the American League East, Morrow will now pitch one of the National League’s most pitcher-friendly stadiums, Petco Park.

Morrow, who pitched for the Blue Jays from 2010-2014, completed just 33.1 innings for Toronto in 2014 due to a torn tendon sheath in his index finger.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: December 16, 2014 at 10:45 AM | 15 comment(s)
  Beats: brandon morrow, free agents, padres

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Sources: Padres, Dodgers agree on Matt Kemp trade | UTSanDiego.com

BOOM!

The Padres have reached an agreement with the Dodgers that would send outfielder Matt Kemp and catcher Tim Federowicz to San Diego in exchange for catcher Yasmani Grandal and a pair of pitching prospects, sources told the U-T.

The Padres would also receive roughly $30 million to help offset the cost of the remaining five years and $107 million on Kemp’s eight-year, $160 million contract.

According to sources, the Padres are packaging Grandal with right-hander Joe Wieland and another arm, likely right-hander Zach Eflin.

The deal, which is pending physicals, is likely to be finalized Thursday before the conclusion of the Winter Meetings in San Diego. Because of the money involved in the trade, it a

Jim Furtado Posted: December 11, 2014 at 07:56 AM | 32 comment(s)
  Beats: dodgers, matt kemp, padres, tim federowicz, winter meetings, yasmani grandal

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Oh my! Dick Enberg wins 2015 Ford C. Frick Award

Padres broadcaster Dick Enberg is the 2015 recipient of the Ford C. Frick Award for excellence in broadcasting and contributions to baseball.

Enberg celebrated the achievement at a news conference Wednesday during the MLB Winter Meetings held this week, fittingly, in San Diego.

He began his career calling Angels games in 1968, and has worked as the play-by-play announcer for Padres telecasts on Fox Sports San Diego since 2010.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: December 10, 2014 at 02:57 PM | 4 comment(s)
  Beats: angels, dick enberg, padres

Sunday, December 07, 2014


Thursday, December 04, 2014

Anthony Castrovince: 10 bold Winter Meetings predictions

These rumors are all wet.

1. Justin Upton to the Orioles

While their hesitance to go to a fourth guaranteed year for Nelson Cruz is understandable, the immediate fact of the matter is that the reigning home run champ now resides elsewhere. Even with Matt Wieters and Manny Machado getting healthier, and even if you believe that Chris Davis is going to rebound, the O’s have some potential for major offensive regression if they don’t make some moves this winter.

In Upton, the O’s can reel in a corner outfielder who has a history of getting on base roughly 35 percent of the time, and can give you a 30-plus-homer season at Camden Yards. This is the kind of move the O’s need to make to maintain their top spot in an AL East in which the Red Sox and Blue Jays are obviously both dramatically improved.

Here’s the rub: The Braves, who appear more certain than ever to move Upton now that they’ve signed Nick Markakis, are looking for young, controllable arms in their bid to build a contender for 2017. There was a time when a top-tier pitching prospect such as Dylan Bundy would have netted far more years of contractual control than Upton, a pending free agent, provides. But in this starting-saturated market - and with Bundy re-establishing himself following Tommy John surgery - I’m not so sure that’s the case. Would the O’s be willing to part with Bundy’s long-term potential for some short-term thump? Hard to say, but their free-agent options have thinned in a hurry.


Saturday, November 29, 2014

Padres continue search for offensive upgrade | padres.com

If there is one world to describe the Padres the last few years, it’s “mediocrity”. Their lineup has been filled with nice bit actors but no stars. The various prospect reports aren’t filled with star players either.This is a franchise in need of an overhaul. 

It’s believed the Padres are still reluctant to part with either pitchers Andrew Cashner or Tyson Ross in a deal, though Ian Kennedy, who is arbitration-eligible and stands to make close to $10 million, could be had in a deal.

“In an ideal world, it’s maintaining the pitching staff we had last year,” Preller said.

But because the Padres don’t have a lot of upper-level, Major League-ready prospects, the team might have to be creative in a deal—perhaps a package—to land anything substantial to improve the offense.

The team has received a lot of hits on three catchers—Rene Rivera, Yasmani Grandal and Minor League backstop Austin Hedges, who might well be the best defensive catcher in the Minor Leagues.

The Padres might be very reluctant to move Grandal, who had a .356 on-base percentage in the second half and figures to be ready to handle more of the catching duties in 2015.

Jim Furtado Posted: November 29, 2014 at 08:21 AM | 39 comment(s)
  Beats: padres

Sunday, November 23, 2014

Pablo Sandoval leaning toward Red Sox, to decide next week — Padres have highest offer, all offers on table (including SF Giants’) - John Shea

I hear Pablo Sandoval has received his highest contract offer from the Padres but is leaning toward accepting an offer from the Red Sox, though events could change in a hurry.

Jim Furtado Posted: November 23, 2014 at 07:56 AM | 32 comment(s)
  Beats: blue jays, free agents, giants, pablo sandoval, padres, red sox

Saturday, November 22, 2014

Friars show interest in dealing for Bruce | MLB.com

Say this much about first-year Padres general manager A.J. Preller: He’s apparently leaving no stone unturned in his pursuit of offensive help.

Jim Furtado Posted: November 22, 2014 at 07:54 AM | 22 comment(s)
  Beats: a.j. preller, padres, reds

Padres meet with free agent Pablo Sandoval | UTSanDiego.com

With their interest in Sandoval and Yasmany Tomas, it’s clear the Padres don’t mind bad bodies.

Jim Furtado Posted: November 22, 2014 at 07:41 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: free agents, pablo sandoval, padres, yasmany tomas

Tuesday, November 18, 2014


Monday, November 17, 2014

Padres catchers Grandal, Rivera will be in demand this winter | UTSanDiego.com

It’s no surprise that the Padres would be open to trading from a surplus—starting pitchers Andrew Cashner, Tyson Ross and Ian Kennedy all have drawn interest—but San Diego’s dynamic behind the plate has changed drastically in the last year. Incumbent starter Yasmani Grandal had a difficult-to-evaluate season, returning from ACL surgery sooner than anyone expected. Journeyman Rene Rivera had a career season, playing better than anyone expected.

So which catcher would the Padres trade first? That’s up for debate, but it’s clear that, in order to upgrade their last-place offense, they must consider dealing from one of their lone areas of strength; they also have top catching prospect Austin Hedges (who certainly could sweeten a deal, though the Padres may prefer to hang on to him).

Jim Furtado Posted: November 17, 2014 at 06:15 AM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: padres

Saturday, November 15, 2014

Grant: Old friends Jon Daniels, A.J. Preller attempting to make Rangers and Padres trade partners | Dallas Morning News

Mismatches in player valuations and needs make the best trade partners.

Jon Daniels has known A.J. Preller for nearly 20 years. During the course of their friendship, they have been roommates, classmates, teammates and colleagues.

They may be about to take the relationship to an infinitely more complicated level.

They are about to attempt to be trade partners.
....
“It helps from the standpoint that they value our players,” Daniels said. “But they are probably going to be less likely to choose the wrong ones.”

Jim Furtado Posted: November 15, 2014 at 12:17 PM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: padres, rangers

Friday, November 07, 2014

Padres infielder Everth Cabrera charged with resisting arrest

Stemming from his arrest this past September, Padres shortstop Everth Cabrera has been charged with resisting arrest.

Nasty Nate Posted: November 07, 2014 at 10:32 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: padres

Thursday, November 06, 2014

Padres poised to begin renovation plan at Petco | padres.com

Big changes in left field.

Jim Furtado Posted: November 06, 2014 at 01:22 PM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: padres, stadium renovations

Tuesday, October 07, 2014

Imperfect Caminiti still terribly missed

They found Ken Caminiti 10 years ago this week, found him in a boarded-up, rat-infested hellhole in the decayed Hunts Point section of the Bronx, found him dead at 41, found him dead from a drug overdose, found him after he got busted by Houston cops a month earlier in Houston, found a legend finally put to God-awful rest by his demons.

I think about the former Padres third baseman every once in a while. Because I really liked him. Among all the athletes I’ve dealt with in my 43 years in this newspaper dodge, Cammy, much like the late Chuck Muncie, who fought similar malignant spirits, was among my favorites.

For guys like me, and those who loved him, he is missed.

Maybe because he was straight-up. There was something mischievous beneath that twinkle in his blue eyes. He was a matinee idol, a motorcycle mechanic by avocation, who parked his bike in the clubhouse. A father.

Ken had admitted he was an alcoholic, and heaven knows what else, long before his death, a mysterious demise only because of where it took place. There is an eternal unexplained reason as to what the hell he was doing in that New York cesspool on Oct. 10, 2004.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: October 07, 2014 at 10:36 AM | 26 comment(s)
  Beats: drugs, ken caminiti, padres

Sunday, September 21, 2014

Calcaterra | The Padres are going to keep Bud Black as their manager for 2015

The Padres are not, historically speaking, quick to change managers. Bruce Bochy preceded Black and held the job for 12 years. Black is finishing his eighth year as Padres manager. None of Black’s years have ended with a playoff appearance, however, and he’s 613-676 at the helm. Though, to be fair the Padres have very rarely given him a lot to work with.

Coot Veal and Cot Deal taste like Old Bay Posted: September 21, 2014 at 07:54 PM | 10 comment(s)
  Beats: bud black, padres

Friday, September 05, 2014

Everth Cabrera arrested for driving under the influence of marijuana

Man, we’re trying to get it legalized, don’t be a dummy!

Padres infielder Everth Cabrera was arrested Wednesday morning for driving under the influence of marijuana. TMZ reports...

Cabrera has spent a lot of time on the disabled list this season, playing in only 90 games and posting a line of .232/.272/.300.

The District Attorney Posted: September 05, 2014 at 04:45 PM | 10 comment(s)
  Beats: everth cabrera, padres

Thursday, September 04, 2014

Brisbee: Finding baseball’s most hopeless franchise

The included tweet should guarantee the honor just on principle.

Old teams in large markets with thin farm systems

This is where the Phillies are. This is where the Yankees are. Here be the White Sox… None of these teams will ever qualify for most-screwed status, though… their large-market status will always guarantee that there’s someone in a worse spot.

Older teams in small markets

The Reds might really be screwed… A lot of what makes the Reds a sorta-contender now, though, could still be good in the future… In about a week, the Brewers could be here… A lot of their best players are still 30 or under, though, so I’m not sure if they’re close to an “old” team just yet…

Cursed teams

the Padres… have a respected farm system, for what it’s worth, and they have young talent on the roster. Heck, they’re close to .500 right now because they’ve proven adept at developing pitchers, at least the ones who stay healthy.

They make the list, though, because they’re the Padres…

The Rockies

They get their own category because they win. What are the Rockies? Have you ever seen a team like this, a team so committed to its GM through 90-loss seasons, unless that’s not really the GM? An owner who might be something of a meddler and whose brain might be filled with gestational YouTube comments that he filters through his fingers and shares with fans?

Their franchise players are chronically hurt, and they have a long track record of breaking young pitchers, both in body and spirit. Everything about them is a mess right now, from the top down. That’s all before you get to the worst part: They already start with the biggest disadvantage in baseball, the thin air of Coors Field… It’s one of the Hilbert problems of baseball, except it’s been the same mathematicians working on the problem for the last 15 years, and most of the available evidence suggests they’re using a watch calculator with the “7” key missing.

The District Attorney Posted: September 04, 2014 at 04:27 PM | 38 comment(s)
  Beats: brewers, mets, padres, phillies, reds, rockies, white sox, yankees

Monday, September 01, 2014

Trevor Hoffman’s Hall of Fame induction seems inevitable

Hoffman is eligible for the Class of 2016 and Yankees great Mariano Rivera, who saved a record 652 regular season games and 42 more in the postseason, will complete the cast in 2019.

“I think Mo is a slam dunk for sure,” Hoffman said. “We can say our careers paralleled each other a little bit, but when you’re talking about the greatest closer of all time, that sets him apart.”

Comparatively, though, Hoffman certainly is the greatest closer in NL history.

“I don’t know if that’s a ticket to Cooperstown. You and I both know that,” he said. “But I appreciate it. It’s something I didn’t allow myself to think about as a player. I remember Tony answering questions about it and him waiting nervously for that phone call. ‘Do you realize your place in the game and what you’ve accomplished?’ And still there was that ‘not sure’ attitude. I get that. I understand that. There are contemporaries I [compare] to as well. So, we’ll see. I hope things happen.”

Dennis Eclairskey, closer Posted: September 01, 2014 at 11:13 PM | 128 comment(s)
  Beats: hall of fame, padres, trevor hoffman

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