Padres Editorial: Should the Padres Trade Tyson Ross?

November 16, 2015

With the trade of Craig Kimbrel on Friday night, A.J. Preller has once again taken the offseason baseball world by storm. Following the trade, and with the great prospect haul in tow, Preller and company are far from finished this offseason. Next up on the list seems to be Tyson Ross. The San Diego Padres previously fielded offers for Ross at last year’s trade deadline and seem willing to take…

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Padres News: Evaluating the Return in the Craig Kimbrel Trade

November 14, 2015

Following the trade of Joaquin Benoit earlier in the week, some estimated that the trade would mean Craig Kimbrel would still be the San Diego Padres closer come 2016. That, however, is not the case. On Friday afternoon, the Padres completed a blockbuster deal that sent the closer to the Boston Red Sox in return for four minor league prospects, outfielder Manuel Margot, infielders Javier Guerra and Carlos Asuaje, and…

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Padres Editorial: Can the Padres Fix Their Starting Rotation?

November 13, 2015

Following the conclusion of the 2014 season, it was made clear by the San Diego Padres front office that things would be different under new general manager A.J. Preller. From the onset of the winter meetings, it was pretty evident that the Padres would be focusing on revamping what was arguably the worst offense in all of baseball. A majority of the Padres offseason moves would be focused on bolstering…

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Padres News: Should Ian Kennedy Accept the Qualifying Offer?

November 9, 2015

** This article first appeared in the fastest growing website for all things Major League Baseball. www.baseballessential.com Following the conclusion of the 2015 World Series, the 2015-2016 MLB offseason is officially under way. At the end of Friday, a total of twenty players around the league were offered qualifying offers by their respective teams. Each of the players will have exactly one week to either accept or decline the one…

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Padres News: Padres Extend Qualifying Offers to Upton, Kennedy

November 7, 2015

The San Diego Padres announced on Friday afternoon that they would be extending qualifying offers to both Justin Upton and Ian Kennedy. For this season, the amount of the one year qualifying offer contract is 15.8 million, if any player chooses to accept. Both players have until next Friday, November 13, to either accept or decline the one year offer. If either or both the two players decline, the Padres…

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Padres Editorial: Should the Padres Consider Cliff Lee?

November 5, 2015

On Tuesday afternoon the Phillies announced that they would not be picking up the option of injured left hander Cliff Lee. Instead of exercising Cliff Lee’s $27.5 million dollar option for 2016, the Phillies decided instead to buyout his contract for a hefty sum of $12.5 million. This comes as no surprise, as the Phillies had already made their intentions known prior to the end of the season. Lee will…

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Padres News: Padres Exercise 2016 Option on Joaquin Benoit

November 4, 2015

The Padres will be bringing back Joaquin Benoit for the final year of his contract, the team announced on Tuesday. The Padres had a choice between exercising Benoit’s option or paying him a buyout and letting him become a free agent. Benoit had one million dollar buyout but the Padres chose instead to pay Benoit his full 7.5 million dollar salary for 2016. The Padres also announced that they have…

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Padres News: Should the Padres Bring Back Brett Wallace?

November 3, 2015

Lost in the seemingly endless sea of A.J. Preller’s off-season acquisitions was the quiet signing of Brett Wallace to a minor league contract with an invite to Spring training. Wallace obviously lacks the star power or name recognition of the likes of Matt Kemp, Justin Upton, Wil Myers or James Shields, but he represented a very low risk, high reward addition to the roster. Wallace did not see much playing…

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Padres Editorial: Is Justin Morneau an Option for the Padres?

October 31, 2015

Following a season marred by a nearly career ending concussion, on Thursday the Colorado Rockies declined the $9 million dollar option remaining on Justin Mourneau’s contract. Instead of bringing him back for one more season at the age of 34, the Rockies decided to instead buyout his contract, paying him $750,000 dollars in the process, and moving forward with young first baseman Ben Paulsen instead. Despite his age and injury…

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Padres Rumors: Craig Kimbrel Possible Trade Destinations

October 23, 2015

When A.J. Preller completed the blockbuster trade for Craig Kimbrel and tag-along Melvin Upton Jr.a mere hours before the start of the 2015 season, many questioned the San Diego Padres general manager’s sanity. The trade seemed unnecessary at face value. The Padres not only took on a large amount in additional salary but also gave up several decent prospects on top of the salary. In hindsight the trade looks decent,…

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Padres Editorial: Padres Offseason To-Do List: Part 2

October 15, 2015

The Padres 2015 season was disappointing to say the least. After an offseason overhaul, all executed by first time general manager AJ Preller, the Padres were poised for playoff contention. The Padres got off to a hot start over the first two or three weeks of the season but the wheels came off after that. After struggling through much of May and early June, the Padres canned manager Bud Black….

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Padres Editorial: Padres Off-season To-Do List: Part 1

October 11, 2015

The San Diego Padres 2015 season was disappointing to say the least. After an off-season overhaul, all executed by first time general manager A.J. Preller, the Padres were poised for playoff contention. The Padres got off to a hot start over the first two or three weeks of the season but the wheels came off after that. After struggling through much of May and early June, the Padres canned manager…

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