PADRES RUMORS & GOSSIP

Padres send 5 to Minors, near OD roster

The Padres trimmed their roster by five players, their penultimate series of moves before the Opening Day squad is set this weekend.
Via Padres.com
13 hours ago

McKeon named to Padres' Hall of Fame

Former Padres manager and general manager Jack McKeon has been elected to the team's Hall of Fame.
Via Padres.com
14 hours ago

Margot, Renfroe to vie for Rookie of the Year

Wil Myers sees two prime candidates for the National League Rookie of the Year Award: Manuel Margot and Hunter Renfroe.
Via Padres.com
15 hours ago

San Diego Padres: Spring Training Wrap up and Season Preview

With Opening Day just several days away, we assess the top stories of San Diego Padres spring training and look forward to regular season play. With spring training coming to a close and the regular season a week away, the San Diego Padres are still working on their roster construction for the season. Over the […] San Diego Padres: Spring Training Wrap up and Season Preview - Friars...
Via Friars on Base
22 hours ago

Box Score 3/29: Free hats (Caps fans only)

Want more news first thing in the day? Sign up for the Yardbarker Morning Bark newsletter here.Good morning and welcome to the YB Box Score, what we're reading while taking up sculpting on the side.A happy birthday today to Walt Frazier, Earl Campbell, Jennifer Capriati and Maxim Lapierre. On this date in 1989 Sergei Priakin became the first Soviet player allowed to play in the NHL...
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22 hours ago  |  Discuss

San Diego Padres: Superduperutilityman

Via FOX Sports
1 day ago

Can the Padres' Christian Bethancourt really succeed at pitcher and catcher?

In Little League, it's extremely common for the best player on the team to be the ace of the pitching staff while also excelling in the field when he's not on the mound. That typically ends as players get older, particularly once they move on from high school ball and head to college or turn pro.Of course, there are always the Micah Owings of the world, MLB pitchers who find their...
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1 day ago  |  Discuss

What’s Brewing On The Farm: Spring Training Edition

Franchy Cordero, CF, Triple-A El Paso When I last wrote about Franchy Cordero, he was just knocked out of the #30 spot in MLB Pipeline’s prospect rankings for the Padres. I thought he’d be back on their list and he was in fact rewarded for a solid season by returning to the list at #25. But an even better reward for his last season was the Padres placing Cordero on the 40-man...
Via Padres Public
1 day ago

San Diego Padres: Organizing the Bullpen

How is the bullpen shaping up for the San Diego Padres? We break down the club’s relief options as Opening Day approaches. The San Diego Padres’ weakness entering 2017 is clearly their pitching staff, but more so their rotation than their bullpen. The pen, though not as deep as the team would like it to […] San Diego Padres: Organizing the Bullpen - Friars on Base - Friars...
Via Friars on Base
3 days ago

Former Cards World Series hero Anthony Reyes now a firefighter

Former MLB pitcher Anthony Reyes enjoyed a relatively short career, playing for two teams from 2005-2009 and compiling a record of 13-26. Now, he has dedicated himself to helping his community stay safe.Reyes officially became a firefighter in L.A. County over the weekend. A former 15th-round pick out of USC, Reyes is best known for his role on the 2006 St. Louis Cardinals World...
Via Larry Brown Sports
3 days ago  |  Discuss

San Diego Padres: Curse at Shortstop Continues

The San Diego Padres have long gone without consistency at the shortstop position. In 2017, this doesn’t look to be any different. With the beginning of the season bearing down, the Padres have just admitted that another shortstop of the future won’t cut it. Luis Sardinas, handed the job toward the end of last season, […] San Diego Padres: Curse at Shortstop Continues - Friars...
Via Friars on Base
4 days ago

Padres rookie Renfroe hopes for powerful season

PEORIA, Ariz. (AP) Hunter Renfroe is hoping a smashing start to his major league career late last season will turn into big success this year. Renfroe made his debut last Sept. 21 and went 9 for 22 with three home runs and 13 RBIs for the San Diego Padres in the final six games. That fast start earned him the National League Player of the Week honor. Renfroe's most impressive...
Via Associated Press
10 days ago  |  Discuss

Padres' Green frustrated with Solarte's WBC playing time

PEORIA, Ariz. (AP) -- San Diego Padres manager Andy Green is unhappy Yangervis Solarte has not seen much playing time with Venezuela at the World Baseball Classic. Solarte has gotten just one at-bat, appeared in three games and scored two runs. "The only frustrating part about the WBC is when you send one of your best players, and they function just as a pinch runner," Green said...
Via Associated Press
13 days ago  |  Discuss

Cuban pitcher Hernandez agrees to $2.5M deal with Padres

PEORIA, Ariz. (AP) Cuban left-hander Osvaldo Hernandez has agreed to a minor league contract with the San Diego Padres with a $2.5 million signing bonus. The 18-year-old had a 0.92 ERA in 68 2/3 innings in Cuba's under-18 league last year, striking out 84 and walking 23. At the U-18 Pan American championship last Oxtober, he allowed three runs and five hits over 9 2/3 innings...
Via Associated Press
13 days ago  |  Discuss

Alan Zinter on Swing Planes, Launch Positions, and Tutoring Young Padres

Alan Zinter has a challenging job. The 48-year-old former first baseman is San Diego’s hitting coach, and the position players on the Padres roster are, with few exceptions, young and inexperienced. There is a plenty of raw talent, but there are also plenty of learning curves. Works-in-progress abound. Zinter embraces the challenge, in large part because he enjoys teaching. By...
Via Fangraphs
13 days ago  |  Discuss

Padres to have Christian Bethancourt pitch and catch

The San Diego Padres are a franchise that has become accustomed to losing, and there are many reasons why they haven’t had a .500 or better record since 2010.Whether it’s overpaying free agents, bringing in players with attitude problems or their poor farm system, it’s clear the Padres aren’t getting much better anytime soon, while the rest of the NL West is an arms race...
Via The Sports Daily
14 days ago  |  Discuss

Bees swarm Padres batting cage as players run for cover

The San Diego Padres got quite the unwelcome surprise on Tuesday.As the Padres infielders were taking batting practice, a swarm of bees suddenly descended on the cage and sent them sprinting for cover.AJ Cassavell of MLB.com shared video of the chaotic scene: Bee invasions are nothing new in the sport of baseball, whether it be in the American League or in the National League. But...
Via Larry Brown Sports
22 days ago  |  Discuss

Wil Myers Can’t Keep Disappearing on the Road in 2017

The 2016 season was one Wil Myers and the San Diego Padres had been waiting for. After failing to play in more than 88 games during each of his first three MLB seasons, the outfielder turned first baseman suited up for a career-high 157 ballgames and earned his first-ever All-Star selection last year. It seems as though this kind of performance took forever, but that happens with...
Via The Sports Daily
27 days ago  |  Discuss

MLB Has Clarified Its Carter Capps Position

Baseball announced a handful of rule modifications today. For the most part, they’re concerning pace-of-play adjustments — there’s the modification about the new, automatic intentional walk, and there’s a line in there about a two-minute guideline for determinations on replay reviews. There’s nothing in there that should cause too much of a stir. We were given plenty of...
Via Fangraphs
27 days ago  |  Discuss

Carlos Asuaje and Wil Myers on Launch Angles

Last week, we ran an interview with Charlie Blackmon and Chris Denorfia on the subject of swing paths and launch angles. If you read the piece, you’ll recall that the Rockies outfielders share a similar philosophy, but come to it in different ways. One is studious in his pursuit of the science, while the other is satisfied to be aware of the launch-angle concept. San Diego Padres...
Via Fangraphs
28 days ago  |  Discuss

After looking like a lake, Padres’ Petco Park no longer flooded

Things are slowly returning to normal at Petco Park after the field at the San Diego Padres’ ballpark flooded Monday due to a deluge of rain from a recent storm. San Diego Padres spokeswoman Shana Wilson told San Diego’s FOX 5 that the heavy rainfall proved too much for the field’s draining system, resulting in what was expected to be only a temporary flooding resulting in...
Via Sportress of Blogitude
29 days ago  |  Discuss

LOOK: Petco Park is flooded, thanks to loads of rain

San Diego Padres stadium Petco Park currently looks like Petco Lake. Yes, one of the most beautiful ballparks in the country currently looks like one of the most dreary, as it’s flooded and covered with mud. The Padres released a statement regarding the team’s plan to undo the damage,  through FOX 5: San Diego Padres spokeswoman Shana Wilson told FOX 5 an amount of rain had...
Via The Sports Daily
February 28, 2017  |  Discuss

A San Diego storm has turned Petco Park into a lake

As someone that lives in the San Diego area, I can tell you that’s it’s been raining a crapload over the last two days. And this photo provided by San Diego’s Fox 5 can prove that it’s been quite the storm: That’s Petco Park, home of the San Diego Padres. What’s usually a gorgeous ballpark is gloomy and underwater.Padres spokeswoman Shana Wilson told Fox 5 that the field’s...
Via The Comeback
February 27, 2017  |  Discuss

San Diego Padres adding Tony Gwynn Jr. to broadcast team

Former players coming back to the teams with which they’re most associated, whether in a front-office sort of role or as a broadcaster, is almost always a nice story. It’s fun for the fans, it’s a good post-career move for the athlete, and it’s good public relations (and more) for the club. But Tony Gwynn Jr. taking a role with the San Diego Padres might mean just a bit more...
Via Awful Announcing
February 26, 2017  |  Discuss

Report: Padres sign former All-Star Jered Weaver

It was reported earlier this month that the San Diego Padres were interested in adding a veteran pitcher to their rotation. Jered Weaver was included in that report, as was fellow veteran Travis Wood.Once Wood agreed to sign with the Kansas City Royals, it became increasingly evident that Weaver — a Southern California guy — would sign with the San Diego Padres.That apparently...
Via Sportsnaut
February 18, 2017  |  Discuss
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