The 2017 MLB Mock Draft (Entire First Round)

May 28, 2017

This is my first shot at an entire first round, mock draft. That being said, while I wanted to delve into the draft in its entirety and try to impossibly predict which team picks whom and where, my main focus was on the Padres early on. The methodology was simple — I think. Try not to follow the hype too much and rumors from the various sites as much as…

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What “Dead Money” Really Means for the Padres

March 14, 2017

Recently it was pointed out by Fangraphs’ Craig Edwards, in a piece he wrote, that the Padres were among teams with the most “dead money” on their payroll. Not surprisingly, the Dodgers topped the list. Los Angeles’ big market has taken on big contracts to facilitate trades, and have invested consistently on the international front, along with big free agent signings and extensions to star players. The Yankees and Angels…

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Padres Shortstop Search Could End with Detroit Tigers

March 11, 2017

As spring training evaluations and player and prospect(s) showcasing continues to narrow down competition for the San Diego Padres, they remain interested in upgrading their shortstop candidates. According to Jon Heyman of Fanragsports.com, the Padres are searching for a shortstop, and he notes that their preference would be a player that is controlled beyond 2017. The Padres have, of course, signed Erick Aybar to a minor league deal, but his…

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San Diego Padres Rule 5 Draft Preview

November 26, 2016

  Why is there a Rule 5 draft? The Rule 5 draft’s inception began to prevent teams from stockpiling a plethora of young players on their minor league affiliate when other teams would be willing to have them play in the majors. The Rule 5 draft is named for its place in Major League Rules. What are the Rule 5 draft rules? Those of whom are eligible for selection are…

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Ten Potential Trade Partners for Yangervis Solarte

November 14, 2016

Ken Rosenthal of FoxSports.com had opined that the Padres may try to optimize Yangervis Solarte‘s value from a position of modest depth, in an attempt to further their rebuilding process. Rosenthal goes on to suggest teams with second or third base vacancies that could be of interest. However, I wonder if he would be a backup plan to teams who fail to re-sign their Plan-A players; such as a Justin…

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Five Potential Trade Partners for Derek Norris

November 4, 2016

The are five potential landing spots for San Diego Padres catcher Derek Norris. Before I delve into the Padres pitching preview (next week), let’s look at a few potential trade scenarios that would attempt to bolster the pitching staff or middle infield depth, with players who may not fit on the current roster. Derek Norris is the most glaring candidate here, as Austin Hedges‘ breakout Triple-A campaign has given the…

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The Real Reason Why Padres Fired Mike Dee?

October 15, 2016

A day after the San Diego Padres released a statement regarding their “departure” from now former team President & CEO, Mike Dee, a few questions were particularly interesting to me more than others. Dee’s tumultuous tenure is well documented, as others in the media have made note of many of the Public Relations blunders under his realm. Let’s look at some of the more notable stingers. The first big gaff…

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A Never Too Early Padres’ Outfield Preview

October 11, 2016

Last week I took a look at the infield and what that could showcase in 2017, given the internal options and incredibly early unknowns — as the off season hasn’t yet to begin. Now, let’s delve into the outfield depth and international options and assess what those options are, and what they will look like. The Padres have a core of promising outfield prospects. Matt Kemp wasn’t a bright spot…

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Never Too Early Padres’ Infield Preview

October 8, 2016

The San Diego Padres go into the off-season with a set of young core players, but with few positional promises, to open up 2017. Suffice it to say, it is insanely early to predict what the 25-man roster will be, and many transactions over the course of continuing the rebuilding process will undoubtedly happen during the off season. Nevertheless, regardless of how different things may look on Opening Day in…

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Padres News: Blockbuster 7-Player Deal Sends Cashner & Rea to Marlins

July 29, 2016

The Padres have agreed on a deal that would send starting pitchers Andrew Cashner and Colin Rea to the Miami Marlins for top first base prospect Josh Naylor and right handed pitcher Luis Castillo, according to Yahoo.com’s Jeff Passan. Andrew Cashner has been mentioned in trade rumors for what feels like the last few years ad nauseam. The fact that he is an impending free agent at the end of…

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Padres News: Padres trade Melvin Upton Across Dugouts to Blue Jays

July 26, 2016

The Padres have traded outfield Melvin Upton Jr., to the Blue Jays for Minor Leaguer, Hansel Rodriguez, according to, Jon Heyman. The Blue Jays will absorb an unknown amount of Upton’s remaining contract. He his owed roughly 21.6M through next year. The Padres are playing their first ever game in Toronto, so the Padres outfielder will simply walk across to the home dugout to suit up for his new digs. Hansel,…

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Padres Editorial: Has Ryan Schimpf Played Himself into the Padres Future?

July 22, 2016

One of the more under-the-radar bright spots in 2016 for the San Diego Padres, is infielder, Ryan Schimpf. Schimpf, now 28, who was signed as a minor league free agent by A.J. Preller. He garnered interest as a depth player that had fallen behind the depth chart in the Blue Jays organization. Schimpf has always had a steady track record for barreling up balls, making hard contact and hitting home…

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