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Friday, December 06, 2019

Padres-Rays Trade: Tommy Pham, Hunter Renfroe Headline Intriguing Deal (Report)

The Padres acquired outfielder Tommy Pham from the Rays on Thursday night. In exchange, they sent away 2019 home run leader Hunter Renfroe and highly-regarded prospect Xavier Edwards.

Pham is the fourth major leaguer the Padres acquired to plug into their starting lineup or rotation in the last eight days. They acquired outfielder Trent Grisham and righthander Zach Davies from the Brewers on Nov. 27 and second baseman Jurickson Profar from the Athletics on Dec. 2

The deal, while agreed upon, is not yet finalized. MLB.com’s Juan Toribio reports it’s possible the Rays could acquire one additional prospect who has yet to be named.

Jim Furtado Posted: December 06, 2019 at 08:25 AM | 20 comment(s)
  Beats: padres, rays, trade

Monday, December 02, 2019

Padres get infielder Profar from A’s, deal Allen

After dealing Luis Urías to Milwaukee in a trade last week, the Padres found themselves in need of help at second base. It didn’t take very long for general manager A.J. Preller to find it.
The Padres acquired second baseman Jurickson Profar from the Oakland A’s on Monday for catcher Austin Allen and a player to be named or cash considerations.


Wednesday, November 27, 2019

Padres send Luis Urias to Brewers, get Trent Grisham, Zach Davies

Urias is a second baseman who is presumably being moved to SS.  This deal opens a hole at second for the Friars.  And while obviously Urias isn’t a 398/600 hitter (like he was at El Paso last year), he looked to have second nailed down in a Placido Polanco sort of way.  Their outfield does need help, in part because they traded Franmil Reyes (who, to be fair, really is a DH). Padres also gave up Eric Lauer to get Zach Davies.  That part of the deal is fine, if kind of boring.

Ziggy is done with Dominican discotheques Posted: November 27, 2019 at 10:13 PM | 7 comment(s)
  Beats: brewers, luis urias, padres, prospects

Padres To Sign Drew Pomeranz

A story in updates:

4:02pm: Pomeranz received an $8MM signing bonus and will be paid annual salaries of $4MM in 2020, $6MM in 2021 and $8MM in 2022-23, Joel Sherman of the New York Post reports (on Twitter).

1:54pm: Pomeranz will be guaranteed $34MM over a four-year term, pending a physical, Murray tweets.

1:20pm: Dennis Lin of The Athletic reports that Pomeranz has been promised a rather stunning four-year guarantee (Twitter link). Robert Murray adds that it’ll pay him $8-9MM annually.

10:20am: The Padres have struck a deal with free agent lefty Drew Pomeranz, per Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic (via Twitter). The signing of the CAA client adds to what is quickly becoming a barn-burner of a day for the Friars, who have already struck a four-player swap with the Brewers.

 

QLE Posted: November 27, 2019 at 09:51 PM | 21 comment(s)
  Beats: drew pomeranz, padres

Sunday, November 10, 2019

Padres unveil new brown and gold color scheme

SAN DIEGO (AP) — Brown is back for the San Diego Padres.

The Padres unveiled new uniforms Saturday night that feature a brown and gold color scheme, similar to the one used from the franchise’s inception in 1969 through 1984.

The new uniforms were unveiled at Petco Park in front a few thousand fans by players Fernando Tatis Jr., Eric Hosmer and Manny Machado.

Machado modeled the home white uniform with brown pinstripes that included the word Padres in brown on the front, trimmed in gold.

What can brown do for you, other than win the NL West?

 

QLE Posted: November 10, 2019 at 12:36 AM | 25 comment(s)
  Beats: padres, uniforms

Saturday, November 09, 2019

Padres hire Larry Rothschild to be their new pitching coach

Larry Rothschild was dismissed by the Yankees at the end of the season. He was not unemployed for long. The San Diego Padres just hired him to be their pitching coach, reports Ken Rosenthal.

Any potential implications as to the Padres plans for this off-season?

 

QLE Posted: November 09, 2019 at 12:15 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: larry rothschild, padres, pitching coach

Friday, November 08, 2019

Ranking Gerrit Cole’s Top Five Landing Spots

There’s no question Gerrit Cole will be the most sought after free agent this winter. He should be the most handsomely paid, too.

Despite a sluggish free agency period last winter that forced many players to settle for below-market deals, the top tier of players still raked in monster deals (with humongous extensions for Mike Trout and Nolan Arenado to boot). It wouldn’t be a surprise to see things play out similarly this offseason, meaning Cole appears on track to surpass David Price’s $217 million deal en route to the most expensive pitcher contract ever.

Who are the favorites to break the bank for Cole and lock up the potential AL Cy Young Award winner? Let’s assess his suitors as free agency gets underway.

So, of these options, which do we see as most likely?

QLE Posted: November 08, 2019 at 12:25 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: angels, astros, cardinals, dodgers, free agency, padres, phillies, rangers, yankees

Friday, November 01, 2019

The Nationals won their first title. Who’s next?

When I was a kid there were two immutable truths about baseball: the Boston Red Sox were cursed and the Chicago Cubs were losers, however lovable they might be.

Four World Series titles in the bag make that Red Sox curse seem rather quaint. The Cubs’ 2016 title — and four or five straight years with them considered rich and powerful contenders — put that lovable loser thing to rest. Time marches on and the stuff you believed about the world when you were a kid becomes inoperative as you grow older.

Young baseball fans today carry with them a different set of assumptions about who are baseball’s haves and who are baseball’s have-nots. To them the Sox and Cubs are and always have been alpha teams. Those powerful Braves and Indians teams from the 90s are only vague memories. The Dodgers have replaced the Braves as that great regular season club that can’t seem to get over the hump. And, of course, there are a handful of losers, some lovable, some not-so-lovable, that seem destined to never win it all.

Last night’s win took the Nationals out of that category. Their October surge — complete with five wins in elimination games in which they trailed at some point — forever vanquished the narrative about how they had never won a postseason series and kicked the memory of those 90-100-loss Nats teams from the first several years of their existence into a deep, deep hole.

A consideration of the chances that the six teams that have never won the World Series have of getting out of that club.

QLE Posted: November 01, 2019 at 12:41 AM | 16 comment(s)
  Beats: brewers, mariners, padres, rangers, rays, rockies, world series

Friday, October 25, 2019

Padres hire Jayce Tingler as manager as Preller downplays experience factor

A.J. Preller got his man.

With Jayce Tingler, Preller will make his stand.

That’s the reality for the Padres, their general manager and the man who will be their 21st manager.

The team on Thursday tabbed the 38-year-old Tingler to replace Andy Green, who was fired on Sept. 21 near the end of his fourth season.

Well, I doubt any of us expected this…..

 

QLE Posted: October 25, 2019 at 12:14 AM | 16 comment(s)
  Beats: jayce tingler, managers, padres

Thursday, October 24, 2019

Cubs bench coach Mark Loretta reportedly interviews for Padres’ manager job

While David Ross is set to become the Cubs’ next manager, a member of the team’s 2019 coaching staff has reportedly interviewed for a managerial vacancy elsewhere.

Cubs bench coach Mark Loretta recently interviewed for the Padres’ managerial opening, according to MLB Network’s Jon Heyman. It’s the second known managerial opening Loretta has interviewed for this offseason, as he also interviewed for the Cubs’ before they chose Ross.

Like Ross and the Cubs, Loretta has several ties to the Padres. The 48-year-old played three seasons with San Diego (2003-05) during his 15-year big-league career. He also spent nine seasons as a special assistant in the Padres front office, working with general manager Jed Hoyer — who held the same position with the Padres from 2010-11.

And the searches press on….

 

QLE Posted: October 24, 2019 at 01:20 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: managerial search, mark loretta, padres

Saturday, October 12, 2019

Which managerial opening is the most desirable?

As we wait for tonight’s NLCS to kick off — a preview on that will be up later this morning — let’s talk about all the managerial openings, shall we?

With the Dodgers giving Dave Roberts their vote of confidence last night — and none of the remaining playoff teams being even close to likely to can their current skipper — we seem to be locked in at eight openings: Mets, Phillies, Pirates, Cubs, Giants, Padres, Royals, and Angels.

Which one is the most desirable? My take on the pros and cons of each gig

So, which of these jobs would you take if you had the choice?

 

QLE Posted: October 12, 2019 at 12:09 AM | 18 comment(s)
  Beats: angels, cubs, giants, mets, padres, phillies, pirates, royals

Thursday, October 10, 2019


Wednesday, October 09, 2019

Padres doing due diligence on Ron Washington for managerial opening

Jon Heyman says that the Padres are doing “due diligence” on Braves third base coach Ron Washington as a possible candidate for their vacant manager job.

Washington managed the Texas Rangers from 2007 into 2014, winning two pennants and compiling a record of 664-611 (.521). Throughout that time current Padres general manager A.J. Preller was in the Rangers front office, so he is familiar with Washington and his work.

 

 

QLE Posted: October 09, 2019 at 12:20 AM | 3 comment(s)
  Beats: managerial search, padres, ron washington

Wednesday, October 02, 2019

Padres owner Ron Fowler says ‘heads will roll’ if team doesn’t win in 2020, including his own

The San Diego Padres had high hopes heading into the 2019 season after signing Manny Machado to a $300 million deal and promoting uber prospect Fernando Tatis Jr. Maybe they didn’t think they’d be a playoff team, but they’d at least stay in the hunt until August.

After starting 11-5 and entering the All-Star break at 45-45, that looked possible, but a slow second half left them in the basement of the NL West at 70-92. That was still a four-win improvement over 2018 but not enough for owner Ron Fowler.

“If we don’t win in 2020, heads will roll,” Fowler told reporters on Monday, via the San Diego Union-Tribune. “Mine will be the first one.

“We had expectations that were higher than that,” he said later. “And we played .500 baseball up to the All-Star Game, and we played (25-47) after that. We might have been the worst team in baseball after the break. I haven’t checked. It’s embarrassing.”

You know, it would be quite something if a baseball team owner did such a thing in the Gaslamp Quarter, especially if there were conventions in town…..

QLE Posted: October 02, 2019 at 12:17 AM | 19 comment(s)
  Beats: padres, ron fowler

Friday, September 27, 2019

Moises Alou takes his name out of the running for the Padres job

When Andy Green was fired as Padres manager a few reporters said that Moises Alou, who works a Padres special assistant, would be a top candidate for the job. One reporter even said that the job was his for the taking if he wanted it.

Whether that was true or not is probably unknowable by anyone outside of the Padres organization, but it’s also academic because ESPN’s Enrique Rojas says that Alou has taken himself out of the running due to family reasons.

*Sees this as opportunity to dust off CV, apply for the position*

 

QLE Posted: September 27, 2019 at 12:16 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: moises alou, padres

Sunday, September 22, 2019

Padres fire manager Andy Green; communication issues cited

There will be a new manager when the Padres are wearing their new brown uniforms next season.

Andy Green was fired Saturday morning, two years before his contract was due to expire and after four seasons with a 274-366 record.

Bench coach Rod Barajas was named interim manager and served in that role Saturday against the Arizona Diamondbacks.

“When you look at the way the last two months … and what improvements are being made and how things were playing out on a daily basis, it just didn’t feel like we were going to get there with Andy as our manager,” said General Manager A.J. Preller, who several times called Green a friend. “That’s a tough thing to say. Ultimately, we hire a manager and it’s my job to put players on the field. I’ve been beating myself up a lot over the course of the last few months. It just didn’t feel like this was going to work for the long-term.”

Maybe it’s me, but brown uniforms aren’t exactly promising as a way to indicate that you’ve turned the corner…..

 

QLE Posted: September 22, 2019 at 12:15 AM | 29 comment(s)
  Beats: andy green, firings, padres

Monday, August 26, 2019

Padres pull hilarious prank on visiting Red Sox fans during ‘Sweet Caroline’ singalong

Anyone who has ever attended a Boston Red Sox road game likely noticed that Red Sox fans are everywhere. They have fans in every city. They travel well. 

And if you’re a small-market (and struggling) team like the San Diego Padres, Red Sox fans can basically take over the stadium. On Sunday, though, the Padres production team at Petco Park managed to hit back at the large Red Sox contingent in epic fashion.

During a mid-inning promotion, the Padres held a stadium-wide karaoke to the Fenway Park staple “Sweet Caroline.” But the joke was on all those Red Sox fans waiting to belt out “Sweeeeeeet Car-roooo-linnnnne!”

A bit obvious, I admit- but it’s more or less exactly what Neil Diamond songs deserve….

 

QLE Posted: August 26, 2019 at 03:53 AM | 29 comment(s)
  Beats: padres, red sox

Friday, August 09, 2019

Bill Walton Has The Time Of His Life At The Padres Game

Listen. If Bill Walton is calling a given day “the greatest day of my life,” that’s a real day! The man has been many places and done many things. He won two NCAA championships, two NBA titles, and an MVP, to say nothing of getting married and having kids and all that type of stuff. But apparently none of that measures up to Thursday, August 8, 2019, the day that Walton jammed out with his Grateful Dead tribute band, threw out a couple of ceremonial first pitches, and, uhh, attended a Rockies-Padres game.

First came the jamming. Thursday was the inaugural Grateful Dead Tribute Night at the Padres’ stadium, and Walton joined the Electric Waste Band, a “crowd-inspired high energy improvisational rock n roll” act “featuring the music of Jerry Garcia and the Grateful Dead,” for a two hour pre-game concert. The humongous goofus apparently worked his way into a gig playing bongos with the band, and so there he was, Thursday afternoon in San Diego, jamming on the bongos with his pals

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Next up came the ceremonial first pitch. Walton was shown on the sidelines before the game, sort of pantomiming his throwing motion and loosening up the shoulder. But the pitch itself was a real mess, short and way left. Bummer!

Something to add to the list of first pitch debacles that we have seen over the years- on the bright side, at least he won’t be out for the coming NBA season with a foot injury.

QLE Posted: August 09, 2019 at 07:44 AM | 11 comment(s)
  Beats: bill walton, first pitch, padres

Tuesday, July 30, 2019

Bauer headed to Reds in 3-team deal

CIN: Trevor Bauer
SD: Taylor Trammell
CLE: Franmil Reyes, Yasiel Puig, Logan Allen, Scott Moss, Victor Nova

Me: WTF?


Thursday, July 25, 2019

Padres need pitching, and Mets’ Noah Syndergaard could be the starter they land

NEW YORK – It’s no secret the San Diego Padres seek a front-of-the-rotation starter.

San Diego has plenty of young, exciting position players to build around like Fernando Tatis Jr. and Manny Machado, but they lack elite arms.

There are certainly some pitchers to be excited about, like Chris Paddack and lefty prospect MacKenzie Gore, but there is always risk in building around pitching prospects, both due to the injury concerns and the developmental process.

For a team that seems ready to take that next step, adding a premium, established starter could go a long way toward speeding up the contending process.

Bit of a risky move- there are people who invade San Diego every year who like Thor, but I get the impression that the locals aren’t fond of those folk….

 

QLE Posted: July 25, 2019 at 04:16 AM | 13 comment(s)
  Beats: noah syndergaard, padres, trade talk

Wednesday, June 19, 2019

Padres’ Logan Allen savors the moment in impressive debut - The San Diego Union-Tribune

Some interesting side stories make for an interesting first game for Logan Allen.

Jim Furtado Posted: June 19, 2019 at 06:15 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: logan allen, 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.


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