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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Padres Editorial: Can Carlos Villanueva help the Padres starting rotation?

February 5, 2016

While the biggest news of Thursday was obviously the trade of Odrisamer Despaigne, the Padres may have found themselves another possible starting pitcher. A.J. Preller said the #Padres will look at Carlos Villanueva as a starter in ST. Can always go back to the bullpen. — Corey Brock (@FollowThePadres) February 4, 2016 Like Brandon Maurer before him, one of the newest Padres, Carlos Villanueva, will get his shot to earn…

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Brewer’s Banter: Rymer is NOT Bryce Harper, Calm Down Padres fans!

January 30, 2016

Rymer Liriano (Not Bryce Harper) Traded to the Brewers In the biggest Padre news of the week, Rymer Liriano was designated for assignment and later traded to the Milwaukee Brewers to clear a 40-man roster spot for new Padres shortstop Alexei Ramirez. In return the Padres got a left-handed reliever named Trevor Seidenberger, perhaps of some consequence down the line. While the trade made plenty of sense on the surface,…

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Padres News: Weekly Prospect Spotlight- Austin Allen

January 29, 2016

In this edition of the weekly prospect spotlight series here at East Village Times, Patrick Brewer puts the spotlight on Padres catching prospect Austin Allen. Despite completely remaking their roster over the last year plus, the San Diego Padres have several holes on their roster. One position that is not the case is at catcher. After operating with three different catchers in 2014, in Yasmani Grandal, Rene Rivera, and Nick…

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Padres News: San Diego Padres Poised to Exceed 2016-2017 International Bonus Pool

January 27, 2016

By now the narrative is well established. The San Diego Padres, and more specifically new general manager A.J. Preller, blew up the team’s farm system, trading away future talent for the possibility of some present success. As we all know, that strategy did not work out the way the Padres had planned, and Preller is left to pick up the pieces of a confused big league roster with a thin…

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Padres Editorial: Melvin Upton and Unfair Criticism

January 26, 2016

When the Padres acquired Craig Kimbrel last offseason, Padre fans were abuzz. Not only did the Padres get one of the best closers in all of baseball, but they also had made several trades to revamp a historically bad offense. The Padres did give up talent, and took on the contract of Melvin Upton Jr. that the Braves desperately wanted rid of, but nevertheless, Kimbrel was worth that price for…

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Padres News: Bronson Arroyo on the Padres Radar?

January 26, 2016

The market for veteran right hander Bronson Arroyo is picking up steam. Arroyo told me decision on signing could be soon. Nats offered minor lg deal. #reds could present offer soon. He threw on Fri. Story coming — Mark Sheldon (@m_sheldon) January 25, 2016 In addition to the interest from the Reds and Nationals, the Marlins, Pirates, and Padres have all expressed at least some level of interest. It appears…

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Padres Editorial: Padres Should Be Very Interested in Tim Lincecum Showcase

January 25, 2016

With most of the biggest free agents now off the market, attention now turns to the a more risky yet intriguing options. Qualifying offer players, such as Ian Desmond, Dexter Fowler, and Yovani Gallardo, still remain on the market. While no one has questioned the talent of those players, they still come with some question marks. However, players like Doug Fister and Cliff Lee come with even bigger question marks. Tim…

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Brewer’s Banter: Padres sign Rodney, Cespedes & Gallardo discussed

January 23, 2016

Fernando Rodney Not a lot of big news came out of Padre land this week. Probably the biggest news, being that is was the only real notable news, was the signing of RHP Fernando Rodney. The Padres are offering Fernando Rodney plenty of incentives. 1-year guarantee is $2M. 2-year max is $18.6M. https://t.co/L0N5GDgevx — Dennis Lin (@dennistlin) January 20, 2016 The deal is kind of complicated. For a base salary…

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Padres News: Weekly Prospect Spotlight- Brad Wieck

January 23, 2016

In this edition of the weekly prospect spotlight series here at East Village Times, Patrick Brewer puts the spotlight on Padres pitching prospect Brad Wieck. With the flurry of trades last offseason, the Padres remade their major league roster. In the process, the front office also remade the farm system. Many promising prospects, such as Matt Wisler, Max Fried, Mallex Smith, Joe Ross, Trea Turner, found themselves to be expendable,…

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Padres Minors: Q & A With Padres Minor Leaguer Nick Torres

January 22, 2016

In our latest interview with a Padres minor leaguer for East Village Times, I was lucky enough to be able to talk to Padres outfield prospect Nick Torres. Originally drafted in the fourth round of the 2014 draft, Nick Torres got off to a slow start in his first professional season. Following a rough first half year, Torres truly excelled in both Low A and High A for the Padres…

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