Koke’s Korner: Gossage & Harper Sound Off

March 12, 2016

On Thursday, Bryce Harper and Rich “Goose” Gossage made comments that, depending on your view, may be looked at as good for baseball, or a step in the wrong direction. I’ll explain why neither are “wrong” in their own right; minus Goose Gossage’s relentless, yet inappropriate delivery of his view. Here is what both players said; coincidentally both comments were made separately in no correlation to one another. “Bautista is a…


Padres Rumors: MLB Insider Speculating Mets targeting Solarte?

March 7, 2016

In a recent article by Joel Sherman of the New York Post, he suggested that Yangervis Solarte as a potential target for the New York Mets. The article talked about how former Padres executive, now Mets general manager Sandy Alderson was concerned about their in house third base and upper level minor league outfield depth. The Padres and Mets explored possible trade scenarios last year in a potential Justin Upton…


Koke’s Korner: Is Padres Ownership Sending Mixed Signals?

March 6, 2016

The San Diego Padres have been awkwardly against the local and mainstream media as well as the fan perception that they’re in any way “rebuilding”. Executive Chairman of the Padres ownership group, Ron Fowler has gone on record as saying he hates that [rebuild] characterization of the ball club. The Padres front office has been adamantly denying such a rebuild, and trying to reaffirm fan skepticism by continuously talking about…


Padres Rumors: Thinking Outside The Box- Kyle Lohse

March 5, 2016

With the San Diego Padres emphasis in adding left-handed pitching, (as they’ve added some depth there) and the scarcity on the market, there are simply limited options of the starting variety. That said, A.J. Preller has shown interest in adding Tim Lincecum, and I wonder what other free agent pitchers he’s had dialog with. The Padres have internal options for the starting rotation in Drew Pomeranz, Robbie Erlin maybe to a…


Padres News: Padres ink veteran Matt Thornton to a Minor League deal

March 3, 2016

The Padres have inked veteran left handed relief pitcher, Matt Thornton on a Minor league deal — with an invitation to spring training, Ken Rosenthal reports. Thornton, now 39, has a 3.39 ERA over 12 seasons in the Big’s, and the last two years he had an impressive 1.75 ERA, and 2.18 ERA, respectively. One of the Padres emphasis this off season was adding left handed pitching, and they’ve done…


Koke’s Korner: Padres to go with a 6-man rotation?

February 23, 2016

Could the Padres go with a 6-man rotation in 2016? The Padres lack of depth in the upper minor league system but that doesn’t negate going into the 2016 season with more than five candidates that seem to be viable options after Tyson Ross, James Shields and Andrew Cashner. Those immediate candidates don’t include potential late off-season additions, perhaps Tim Lincecum? Lincecum has generated a lot of interest this off-season,…


Padres News: A look at the Padres current roster

February 20, 2016

While last year the San Diego Padres had a ton of expectations going into the year, (a lot of that hype pressed by ownership to sell tickets) and fewer questions regarding the 25-man roster — after a flurry of trades; those players’ proven track-records didn’t help the Padres win more games. The first year general manager A.J. Preller saw a shot in what was thought as a consensus weak division, accompanied with…


Padres News: An Early San Diego Padres 2016 Draft preview

February 13, 2016

With the San Diego Padres holding six draft selections in the top 85 of the 2016 amateur player draft, they have a good chance at striking on a player who will make it to the big leagues. It goes without saying that the Padres have failed to produce top talent from years of failed drafts. In addition to player-development issues, atrocious drafts, lack of foresight into player make up, ownership’s…


Padres Editorial: Why Preller should trade Tyson Ross

February 2, 2016

Hey, before you say it, the answer is no. I do not want to trade Tyson Ross. I just believe it would be for the best long term. Still with me? Okay, good. Ross is under team control, and despite being a late bloomer, he is also relatively inexpensive. There’s a lot to love about Tyson Ross; his swing-and-miss rate is among the lead leader’s in MLB, as is his…


Padres Special: From Nettles to Wiggins — to Mishaps, Extra Innings & New beginnings

February 1, 2016

Growing up; baseball was like a religion in our house. Just like a volatile perfectly flawed championship clubhouse. Maybe we were not always on the same page, but following baseball collectively was like watching Tony Gwynn wearing out a pre-game batting cage. Whatever way we chose to go in our respective lives, we always felt like “unbelievable” was playing; after a Steve Finley miraculous catch and dive. While we’d support…


Padres Editorial: Pedro Alvarez Should Be Obvious

January 30, 2016

The San Diego Padres are looking for a left-handed bat that can handle right handed pitching, and presumably provide some pop to replace Justin Upton‘s production. The Padres to date, are said to be leaning toward using Wil Myers at first base, as he was miscast playing in center. After his injury and surgery to remove bone spurs from his wrist, the Padres tried Myers at first base, where he looked…


Padres Editorial: Koke’s Korner

January 28, 2016

The Padres don’t appear to have a clear vision on the surface. By all appearances, they have no idea in which direction they want to go. At least that’s the media consensus. Although, I’d argue that’s the point, isn’t it? Should Preller tip his hand just so the media has a better handle on what he’s gonna do? That brings me to last year’s trade-deadline when every authoritative source was…