Padres News: Padres to Add at Trade Deadline?

March 1, 2016

For the most part, the 2015-2016 offseason has made sense for the Padres. The Padres didn’t make any big splashes on the free agent or trade market, and improved their farm system through trades. While the team has not publicly stated what their intentions are, a rebuild has looked like the most logical option. Even so, recent comments made by Padres ownership once again bring about a different viewpoint altogether….

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Padres Editorial: James Shields and His Opt-Out Year

February 29, 2016

The feeling in San Diego is a lot different heading into 2015 than it was heading into 2016. The excitement has dissipated for most fans. For some, antipathy has crept back in. Last year the Padres were supposed to be successful. After all the movement during the offseason, the team was supposed to finally get over the 70-something win hump and make a triumphant return to the playoffs. Obviously in…

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Brewer’s Banter: Padres’ Fans Hoping for Fruitful July

February 23, 2016

Spring Training is underway. Fans scour the internet for news, as the regular season is just weeks rather than months away. Spring training games have yet to start, but less than two weeks remain until those begin. Baseball is finally in the air. For baseball fans, this is the happiest time of the year. That is, unless you are a Padres fan. I hate to be the bearer of bad…

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Padres News: Future San Diego Padre, Tim Lincecum?

February 20, 2016

I’ve written about Tim Lincecum several times already this offseason, for better or for worse. I never thought I would be writing this much about someone like Lincecum, but alas, here I am. It seems pretty clear he won’t be headed back to San Francisco for next season, given their completed rotation and his clear desire to be starter in 2016 and beyond. As many as 20 teams have expressed…

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Padres News: Padres Announce Spring Training Non-Roster Invites; Including Infielder Nick Noonan

February 17, 2016

As is customary, the Padres announced the list of players who would be participating in the team’s Spring Training with a chance at earning a spot on the big league roster for 2016. These players, otherwise known as non-roster invites, will be given a chance to earn a job out of Spring Training. While February is usually the quietest time of the year in terms of baseball transactions, the Padres…

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Padres News: San Diego Padres Favorites to Sign Pair of Cuban Prospects

February 16, 2016

Despite much consternation from fans about the product on the field, the San Diego Padres look to have a bright future ahead of them. With six draft picks in the first 84 picks, the Padres are poised to replenish a farm system that has already taken a big step forward this offseason. The next step for A.J. Preller and company is the international market, a market in which Preller is…

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Padres News: San Diego Padres Offseason Report Card

February 12, 2016

The San Diego Padres were not good in 2015. Despite expectations from some that the city could field a winning team on the heels of A.J. Preller’s splashy offseason, the Padres were worse last season than in 2014. Even with all the movement throughout the organization. Even with a new general manager. An entirely new outfield. A new catcher. A new pitcher. An entirely new organizational philosophy. From small-market, prospect-heavy…

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Padres News: The Market for Japanese phenom Shohei Otani is heating up

February 12, 2016

I am certain you have heard of Lazaro Armentaros by now. While only 16 years old, Armentaros is looking to be the next impact talent to come out of Cuba. Not to be overshadowed, the Gurriel brothers, Yulieski and Lourde, are also trying to do the same. You’ve probably heard those names mentioned as well. However, on the other side of the world, another playing is drawing quite a bit…

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Padres Editorial: The San Diego Padres May As Well Sign David Freese

February 9, 2016

On Monday evening the Padres made yet another strange move, at least according to the many legions of Padre fans who are unsure of the direction of the team. That move was the signing of infielder/outfielder Skip Schumaker to a minor league deal for the 2016 season. While it remains to be seen whether Schumaker will actually make the team out of Spring Training, he provides a good potential bench…

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Padres News: San Diego Padres Sign Skip Schumaker to Minor League Deal

February 8, 2016

The Padres made yet another addition to the organization for 2016 on Monday evening with the signing of infielder Skip Schumaker. Source: Free-agent infielder Skip Schumaker to #Padres on minor-league deal. — Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) February 9, 2016 While this isn’t huge news, being that it is just a minor league deal, it is at least somewhat noteworthy. At this point in his career, at 36 years old, Schumaker should…

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Padres Editorial: Brewer’s Banter- The complicated Padres starting rotation

February 7, 2016

The Complicated Padres Starting Rotation On Thursday, the San Diego Padres starting rotation got even more complicated with the trade of Odrisamer Despaigne and the announcement that free agent signee Carlos Villanueva would be given a chance to earn a spot in the starting rotation during Spring Training. It’s pretty obvious that Despaigne wasn’t going to be in the mix for a starting rotation spot, but even so, the Padres…

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Padres Minors: Q & A with Padres minor league infielder Peter Van Gansen

February 6, 2016

We here at East Village Times had the privilege of interviewing recent San Diego Padres draftee, shortstop Peter Van Gansen. Peter Van Gansen was drafted in the 12th round of the 2015 Draft out of Cal Poly San Luis Obispo (the same school of fellow Padres minor leaguer Nick Torres). Van Gansen is currently 21 years old and fresh off his first half season of professional ball. In his first…

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