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Sunday, February 19, 2017

Padres’ ‘all-in’ Dominican push shaping franchise future - The San Diego Union-Tribune

Heading into 2016, ESPN.com senior baseball writer Keith Law ranked the Padres’ farm system 20th in baseball. Now, they’ve rocketed to third on Law’s list.

In the last eight months, the Padres have signed 45 players from outside the United States: 15 from Venezuela, 14 from the Dominican, six each from Cuba and Mexico, three from Colombia and one from Taiwan. Organization-wide, there are 65 native Dominicans under contract alone.

“It’s the speed at which it’s been done and the pace at which it’s happened,” Geaney said. “Even if it was over a two-year period, it would be stark and striking.”

Padres Special Assistant Moises Alou played 17 seasons for seven big-league teams. The six-time All Star and career .303 hitter finished third in National League MVP voting twice.

Alou, a Dominican native, gazed at the facility that GM Preller labeled “the Taj Mahal” of the country’s academies and insisted a flicker is poised to be fanned into long-term flame.

“There’s no doubt in my mind,” Alou said, “that we’ve got something going on right here.”

Jim Furtado Posted: February 19, 2017 at 11:27 AM | 3 comment(s)
  Beats: padres

Friday, February 17, 2017

Carter Capps Delivery Is New, Still Basically Against The Rules

This. Is. Insane.

Brian Posted: February 17, 2017 at 02:33 PM | 32 comment(s)
  Beats: padres

Friday, January 13, 2017

Rangers sign right-hander Tyson Ross | MLB.com

The Rangers have not yet announced the deal, but Ross has chosen to sign with the Rangers over the World Series champion Cubs. Sources confirmed Yahoo!‘s Jeff Passan’s report that the contract is worth $6 million plus incentives.

Jim Furtado Posted: January 13, 2017 at 07:31 PM | 14 comment(s)
  Beats: padres, rangers, tyson ross

Friday, December 23, 2016

Andy Green on Managing (Analytically) in San Diego | FanGraphs Baseball

Some interesting comments from Andy Green.

Jim Furtado Posted: December 23, 2016 at 06:53 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: andy green, managers, padres

Monday, December 19, 2016

Is there any hope for baseball’s basement dwellers?

We know there’s hope for the teams that just finished in first place. But is there hope for the teams that just finished in last place?

We’ve spent the past week asking that question to people all over baseball, especially in the wake of this sport’s new labor deal. We exempted the Atlanta Braves, a team moving into a new ballpark. We also exempted the Minnesota Twins, a franchise that just installed what is essentially a whole new group at the top of its baseball operations department.

But that still left four fascinating last-place teams with lots of questions about where they’re going, how they’ll get there and how the new labor agreement could affect them (or not). Those teams would be the Oakland Athletics, San Diego Padres, Tampa Bay Rays and Cincinnati Reds. You’ve heard of them, right?

So let’s buckle them all into our hot seat and hook them up to our cool new gizmo—the Hope Meter. Do they have hope on the field? Do they have hope off the field? It’s time to answer those questions, in order of impact on the franchise, for all four teams.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: December 19, 2016 at 09:36 AM | 11 comment(s)
  Beats: athletics, padres, rays, reds, tanking

Friday, December 02, 2016

Nationals Acquire Derek Norris

The Nationals have dealt for catcher Derek Norris from the Padres, per a club announcement. Righty Pedro Avila will head to San Diego in return.

It’s a homecoming of sorts for Norris, who was once a well-regarded prospect in the D.C. system before being shipped to Oakland in the deal that landed Gio Gonzalez. Now, he joins righty A.J. Cole in finding his way back to the Nationals organization via trade.

Norris never suited up at the major league level with the Nationals, but he’ll surely do so in 2017.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: December 02, 2016 at 05:15 PM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: derek norris, nationals, padres

Friday, October 28, 2016

Padres GM A.J. Preller addresses suspension | padres.com

It was just a “misunderstanding.”

Preller stressed that there was never an intent by the Padres to deceive the Red Sox—or any other organization they’ve dealt with. He acknowledged that the club didn’t enter all necessary data into the league’s injury information system, saying it was a “misunderstanding” as to how the information was recorded.

“[Major League Baseball] felt like our medical record keeping wasn’t in line with some guidelines, from an administrative standpoint,” Preller said. “From an integrity, intent standpoint, at no point in time for myself or anyone in baseball operations was there an intent to deceive. ... It was about the administrative side of things.

“That’s something we’re going to be very committed to correcting and making sure that obviously will not happen again. We’re going to be industry leaders on that front, and we’re going to be best in class and at the forefront in making sure that, from an admin standpoint, a reporting standpoint, [we’re] following guidelines.”

Jim Furtado Posted: October 28, 2016 at 08:30 AM | 11 comment(s)
  Beats: a.j. preller, padres

Thursday, October 20, 2016

Padres GM A.J. Preller returns from suspension - The San Diego Union-Tribune

Does he still have credibility with other GMs?

Jim Furtado Posted: October 20, 2016 at 09:11 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: a.j. preller, general managers, padres

Thursday, October 13, 2016

Padres’ Tyson Ross Out 4-6 Months Due To Shoulder Surgery

Why didn’t this happen earlier in the year?

San Diego Padres right-handed pitcher Tyson Ross is scheduled to undergo surgery for thoracic outlet syndrome on Thursday. The injury is expected to keep him out anywhere from 4-6 months, which leaves open the possibility that he could potentially return early in the 2017 season.

Jim Furtado Posted: October 13, 2016 at 06:45 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: injuries, padres, tyson ross

Wednesday, October 12, 2016

Mike Dee out as Padres president and CEO - The San Diego Union-Tribune

Nothing says bad ownership more than instability and constant change at the top.

In a surprising turn of events, Mike Dee, the executive who had been entrusted with running the Padres, is out as president and CEO of the franchise.

“My goal and our organization’s objective is to have stability and long-term tenure in our front office, but sometimes these changes are inevitable,” Padres managing partner Peter Seidler said in a statement provided to the Union-Tribune. “Mike is no longer with the Padres, but I know our organization is strong and on the right path.”

Jim Furtado Posted: October 12, 2016 at 01:51 PM | 13 comment(s)
  Beats: padres

Friday, October 07, 2016

What Happened to Derek Norris in 2016 | The Process Report

Or it could be a decline in skills?

Well that certainly feels like what Lester Freamon would call a headshot. seeing both rates fall off this much leads me to believe that Norris wasn’t just bitten by bad luck affecting his balls in play. I cannot help, but feel that some sort of injury, your guess is as good as mine as to what, led to a guy gutting through discomfort in an effort to help his team on the field. While that is nice to see, you can see the profound effect this proposed malady had on his production. Increased swinging strikes, and despite an ideal batted ball profile for a power hitter, less success within that framework screams of a guy playing through an injury.

Now there are plenty of smart folks working in San Diego’s front office, but with two years of arbitration control remaining I think Derek Norris might be an excellent guy to seek out if the cost of doing business is lower than it should be. I have no idea what the Padres would consider fair, but if it’s a fringe prospect that allows them to get their own on the field more often then this could be exactly the type of guy the Rays should be seeking to acquire. Lord willing the Rays will be able to give up little in order to fill a vacuum that even Dyson hasn’t been able to sell for close to twenty years.

Jim Furtado Posted: October 07, 2016 at 10:08 AM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: derek norris, padres, rays, sabermetrics

Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Surgery possible for Tyson Ross - The San Diego Union-Tribune

I’m surprised it took them so long to get to this point.

Jim Furtado Posted: September 27, 2016 at 09:43 PM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: injuries, padres, tyson ross

Monday, September 19, 2016

Padres honor Yangervis Solarte’s late wife during loss to Rockies

Adam Rosales knew the ball was going out, and he knew how to celebrate the home run—with a tribute to his mourning teammate.

Rosales’ homer in the second inning was a small highlight in an otherwise tough day for San Diego. The Padres played with heavy hearts a day after Yangervis Solarte lost his wife, Yuliett, to cancer.

The 6-3 loss to the Colorado Rockies on Sunday was the least of their worries….

Rosales paid tribute to his teammate with a jump and a clap at home plate after his homer, mimicking Solarte’s home run celebration.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: September 19, 2016 at 10:05 PM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: cancer, padres, yangervis solarte

Saturday, September 17, 2016

Red Sox got short end of deal in Preller suspension

The closer you look at Padres general manager A.J. Preller’s 30-day suspension by Major League Baseball for his part in the Drew Pomeranz-Anderson Espinoza deal on July 14, the more you realize the punishment doesn’t fit the crime.

The Red Sox should be upset they didn’t receive compensation. What happened, according to major league sources, is the Padres didn’t input important information about Pomeranz’s injury history — especially regarding an injury he was receiving treatment for — into a major league medical data base in which teams can obtain up-to-date medical information on any player.

The Red Sox, according to a major league source, found the missing info when they conducted their own MRI on Pomeranz’s shoulder and elbow and found what the Padres had been hiding.
...
Red Sox chairman Tom Werner went to the airwaves on NESN’s pregame show Friday and said, “I think it’s fair to say, and I’m being politic, that we were extremely disappointed in the decision. We feel that some wrong was committed and it’s important to have a level playing field, and the Padres didn’t play on it. I’ve probably said more than I should be saying, but we were disappointed in the decision.”

Jim Furtado Posted: September 17, 2016 at 07:44 AM | 30 comment(s)
  Beats: a.j. preller, padres, red sox

Friday, September 16, 2016

Padres got what they paid for in suspended A.J. Preller | FOX Sports

How does he survive this? Read the whole thing.

Baseball operated without a template in determining Preller’s punishment; no general manager in recent memory has been suspended for such an infraction. Still, some execs believe the penalty for Preller should have been harsher, particularly since he had been disciplined before.

One exec went so far as to equate Preller’s actions to “fraud,” contending that the damage extended to other franchises that wanted to trade pitching to the Padres’ eventual partners—the Red Sox, Marlins and White Sox—but lost out to a GM operating in a duplicitous fashion.

Jim Furtado Posted: September 16, 2016 at 08:58 AM | 10 comment(s)
  Beats: a.j. preller, padres

Thursday, September 15, 2016

Padres GM A.J. Preller suspended 30 days over the Drew Pomeranz trade.

The league has suspended Preller for 30 days:

Major League Baseball has completed an investigation into the July 14th transaction in which pitcher Drew Pomeranz was traded from the San Diego Padres to the Boston Red Sox.  MLB’s Department of Investigations conducted the thorough review, which included interviews with relevant individuals from both Clubs.  The findings were submitted to Commissioner Robert D. Manfred, Jr.

As a result of this matter, Major League Baseball announced today that A.J. Preller, Executive Vice President and General Manager of the Padres, has received a 30-day suspension without pay.

The statement says nothing else of substance. It does not say what, exactly, Preller did wrong.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: September 15, 2016 at 05:14 PM | 43 comment(s)
  Beats: a.j. preller, cheating, drew pomeranz, medicals, padres, red sox, suspensions

Friday, September 09, 2016

Hector Olivera Found Guilty Of Assault - BaseballAmerica.com

Hector Olivera, the former Dodgers and Braves prospect, was found guilty on Thursday of misdemeanor domestic assault stemming from an incident at an Arlington, Va., hotel in April. He was sentenced to 90 days in jail. Eighty of those days were suspended, however, meaning he will serve just 10 days before being released.

Jim Furtado Posted: September 09, 2016 at 07:53 AM | 4 comment(s)
  Beats: braves, dodgers, hector olivera, padres

Sunday, August 28, 2016

Padres claim Oswaldo Arcia, option Kivlehan | padres.com

Smart pickup for a bad team. He’s worth a flier.

The whirlwind season continues for Oswaldo Arcia. The Padres claimed the outfielder off waivers from the Marlins on Saturday and optioned infielder/outfielder Patrick Kivlehan to Triple-A El Paso. In addition, the club also transferred outfielder Jon Jay to the 60-day disabled list.

Arcia, 25, was designated for assignment by Miami on Thursday. This is the fourth Major League team for Arcia this season. He had played a total of 55 games in 2016 for Minnesota, Tampa Bay and Miami, hitting .226 (36-for-159) with six homers, six doubles, one triple, 19 RBIs and 15 runs scored.

Jim Furtado Posted: August 28, 2016 at 09:08 AM | 18 comment(s)
  Beats: oswaldo arcia, 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

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 El Absurd Pollo 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

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