Padres News: Rule-5 Pick Blake Smith Sent Back to Chicago White Sox

March 27, 2016

The San Diego Padres bullpen competition got at least a little more clear on Easter morning. Rule 5 pitcher Blake Smith has cleared waivers. The Padres are returning him to the White Sox. — Dennis Lin (@sdutdennislin) March 27, 2016 After being selected by the Padres in the Rule 5 Draft in December, Blake Smith was given the chance by the Padres to make the bullpen out of Spring Training. Smith…


Padres News: Padres Send Brandon Maurer Back to the Bullpen

March 22, 2016

On Tuesday morning, some pretty significant news broke out of San Diego Padres camp. Andy Green says Brandon Maurer is moving back to the bullpen. — Dennis Lin (@sdutdennislin) March 22, 2016 The Brandon Maurer starting rotation experiment has officially been put to a merciless end by skipper Andy Green. It’s been pretty clear from the start of Spring Training that Brandon Maurer was overmatched in a starting role, perhaps…


Padres News: Questions Surrounding Padres Rotation

March 21, 2016

Despite being known as one of the best pitching teams in the league for several seasons in a row, 2015 was a bit of a different story in San Diego. Coming off a season in which the Padres pitching staff struggled quite a bit, some changes were made in the rotation this offseason. One of last year’s rotation stalwarts, Ian Kennedy, is gone, as he signed with the Kansas City…


Padres Editorial: Austin Hedges Should be the Catcher of the Padres Future

March 20, 2016

Spring Training is now closer to the end than the beginning, and lineups and rosters are starting to come together. The San Diego Padres are no different. Jemile Weeks is impressing in his audition for an infield utility role, while several other players are doing the same at other positions around the diamond. With Opening Day just over two weeks away, decisions are being made and the 2016 San Diego…


Padres News: Manuel Margot Sent Down After Impressive Spring

March 16, 2016

For those who know me personally, you know how I feel about Spring Training. At the end of the day, the games are meaningless and not too much can be gleaned from the results. Even so, some players can still impress and leave good impressions on their team for the upcoming season. Manuel Margot is one of those players. Fresh off a trade from the Red Sox, in which Craig Kimbrel…


Padres News: San Diego Padres Make Roster Cuts

March 14, 2016

On Monday morning, the San Diego Padres made their third roster cuts of the Spring Training. With over 50 players on the MLB roster, the Padres took the first steps towards getting the roster down to only 25. In addition to Hunter Renfroe, Jose Rondon, Tayron Guerrero, Jose Torres, and Frank Garces mentioned above, right hander Cory Mazzoni was also reassigned to minor league camp this morning. In total six…


Padres News: Will Alexi Amarista Crack the Opening Day Roster Yet Again?

March 11, 2016

The 2016 season is in full swing. Well, at least the Spring Training portion. Positional battles are playing out before our eyes, and 2016 rosters are coming together as we watch. For the Padres, the story is no different. After a disappointing 2015 season, many new faces are in camp trying to make their presence known in order to earn some of those precious roster spots. Some players are guaranteed…


Padres News: A Closer Look at the Padres Infield Competition

March 8, 2016

The 2016 season is well underway. The San Diego Padres have already played seven Spring Training games and the season is in full swing. Going into Spring Training, the Padres had quite a few question marks around the diamond. From the starting lineup, to the pitching staff, to the bullpen, to the bench, there are plenty of roster spots to be earned over the next few weeks. While the starting nine…


Padres News: The Offseason in Minor League Signings

March 4, 2016

With full teams in camp, and games starting this week, the offseason has more or less come to an end. Obviously some players are still looking for jobs, most notably Tim Lincecum, Austin Jackson and several others, but even so, a majority of the heavy lifting has been completed. Now that games are just around the corner, it is a better time than ever to evaluate the Padres moves this…


Padres News: Drew Pomeranz in the Rotation?

March 3, 2016

With the start of Spring Training action on Wednesday, the time has come for players to prove themselves in order to earn spots on a big league roster for 2016. The San Diego Padres have no shortage of players trying to earn roster spots and, this morning, they added a few more to the fray. Source: Matt Thornton taking physical with #Padres this morning. In agreement on minor-league contract with…


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….


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…