Padres, Carter Capps Avoid Arbritration

January 3, 2018

  The San Diego Padres and Carter Capps avoided arbitration by agreeing to a $1,062,500 contract for the 2018 season. The agreement between the two parties was first reported by Jon Heyman of FanRag sports. Capps underwent Tommy John surgery and missed a vast majority of the 2017 season. He made his San Diego Padres debut on Aug. 7, allowing three runs on two walks and a hit in two-thirds…

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The Pros and Cons to Signing Eric Hosmer

December 10, 2017

The Winter Meetings will begin this coming week, and the Hot Stove will be blaring at full blast. Teams will begin spending money and making trades as general managers look to set their rosters for the 2018 MLB season. Some might go for that “blockbuster” deal, while others will just look to satisfy team needs. A.J. Preller and Co. are expected to fill team needs, and then some. The Padres…

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Padres Trusting the Process, Extend A.J. Preller

December 3, 2017

The San Diego Padres and general manager A.J. Preller have agreed on a contract extension through 2022. Originally hired to be the Padres’ GM in 2014, Preller’s original deal was for five years, taking him through the 2019 season. This new agreement extends Preller’s contract for three more years. Preller has spearheaded a rebuild in San Diego that has focused primarily on a “youth movement,” and building up the Friars’…

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Christian Friedrich & Jarred Cosart Opt for Free Agency

October 31, 2017

It’s still October, and the MLB Hot Stove has yet to get turned on, but two pitchers from the San Diego Padres have decided to test free agency. Christian Friedrich and Jarred Cosart have both decided to become unrestricted free agents, as opposed to signing extensions with the Padres. Both players cleared waivers and were outrighted, the club announced on Oct. 30. Cosart was eligible for arbitration, and was expected…

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Should the Padres Hire Barry Bonds as Hitting Coach?

October 22, 2017

One of the biggest villains in the eyes of Padres fans is Barry Bonds. The left fielder for the San Francisco Giants was a thorn in the side of Friar pitchers for so many years. Jake Peavy will be remembered as the pitcher who served up Bonds’ 700th career home run. In 1995, he hit a walk-off home run against Trevor Hoffman, the second-greatest Friar in franchise history. Bonds hit…

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PNO (Positive, Negative, Outlook): Carlos Asuaje

October 20, 2017

Carlos Asuaje wasn’t on the San Diego Padres’ Opening Day roster, but he had a significant impact on the club during the 2017 season. Asuaje was called up by the Padres from Triple-A El Paso on May 22. He made his first appearance on May 23, during a game against the New York Mets. He was only with the Padres for two days before being sent back to El Paso….

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PNO (Positive, Negative, Outlook): Hunter Renfroe

October 16, 2017

The San Diego Padres had a young outfield in 2017. Manuel Margot, Franchy Cordero, and Hunter Renfroe all were rookies, and all spent time on the field and in the lineup as Friar youngsters. Travis Jankowski and Jose Pirela, also young players, saw time on the field. One of those rookies, Renfroe, was a mixed bag this season. The right fielder showed off his power, belting 26 home runs. He…

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Top Moments of the 2017 Season: Renfroe Goes Deep Three Times

October 12, 2017

The San Diego Padres had several great moments during the 2017 season. One particular moment was when Hunter Renfroe hit three home runs in a single game. The game was on September 20th, in a game at Petco Park against the Arizona Diamondbacks. In that contest, seven home runs were hit, setting a new park record. It was also the game where Renfroe set a couple of milestones. It also…

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Grading the 2017 San Diego Padres Coaching Staff

October 7, 2017

The 2017 San Diego Padres exceeded expectations, despite finishing 20 games under .500. Their record was 71-91. It’s strange to say that a team that finished 33 games behind the winner of their division, and 16 games behind the winner of the second wild card team, exceeded expectations. However, it is fair, and accurate, to say that about the 2017 Padres. Before the season began, mainstream sports media predicted this…

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Should the Padres Sign Another Shortstop for 2018?

October 1, 2017

With this season coming to an end, the MLB “Hot Stove” will begin heating up soon. Teams will sign free agents and make trades. Could the San Diego Padres be one of those teams? The Padres’ starting shortstop in 2017, Erick Aybar, was brought in on a one-year deal. With his deal expiring and no mention of him being back next season, the Padres are without a true shortstop to…

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Friars of the Past: Andy Benes Selected Number 1 Overall by Padres

September 26, 2017

Andy Benes was a 6-foot-6, 240-pound pitcher, a young kid that scouts called “a Roger Clemens in shoulder pads.” In 1988, the San Diego Padres drafted him No. 1 overall in the MLB First Year Player Draft. Benes was a junior at the University of Evansville in Evansville, Indiana, when the Padres drafted him. During that junior season at Evansville, Benes had a 16-3 record, with 13 complete games and…

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Framing the Friars: Renfroe Sets New Franchise Rookie Home Run Record, Then Sets it Again

September 20, 2017

  San Diego, California Records were broken, and one more was tied, during the San Diego Padres’ series finale against the Arizona Diamondbacks on September 20. Arizona won the game 13-7 and avoided the sweep, after the Padres won the first two games in the series. Hunter Renfroe hit three home runs. His first dinger set a new franchise record for home runs in a season. His third blast tied…

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