Padres Editorial: “Big Game” James or Big Time Bust?

June 27, 2015

Out of all the San Diego Padres off-season moves, the signing of James Shields to the largest contract in Padres history, at four years and 75 million, was perhaps the biggest splash of them all. The Padres had never thrown that much money at any player let alone one of the top pitchers of 2014 and the hottest arm on the free agent market. More so than any of the…

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Padres Editorial: Why the Padres Don’t Need Justin Upton

June 25, 2015

Justin Upton came to town in a blockbuster December trade with the Atlanta Braves during last year’s winter meetings. The San Diego Padres gave up quite a few talented prospects to get Upton but he has lived up to all the expectations since coming to town. He has lead the Padres in almost every offensive category and is making his case for another all star game nod. With all this…

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Padres Editorial: Trading Defense for Offense

June 25, 2015

The old adage goes “Pitching (or defense depending on who you ask) wins championships.” AJ Preller went into last offseason with the stated goal of improving the San Diego Padres historically abysmal offense in order to have a decent offense to go along with the Padres stellar pitching in the hopes of bringing a championship to San Diego. What Preller didn’t seem to consider is the associated cost of trading…

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Padres Rumors: Which Padres Player is Getting Traded At the Deadline?

June 22, 2015

With the San Diego Padres continued mediocrity it seems more and more likely that some big changes will be coming to this team sooner rather than later. The trade deadline is always the perfect time for this kind of change. Come July, whether they want to be known as buyers or sellers, the Padres should, and most likely, will make at least one or two trades to either strengthen the…

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Padres Editorial: The Logic of Using Position Players as Pitchers

June 19, 2015

As seen in the San Diego Padres game on Wednesday night when Alexi Amarista, using a position player to pitch is something that does sometimes occur in a blowout. It has actually happened quite frequently so far this week with six position players pitching in four different games on both Tuesday and Wednesday night. This strategy has been one that has long been employed but only in those rare games…

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Padres Editorial: The Use of Closers in Non-Save Situations

June 18, 2015

On Tuesday afternoon in a game that was tied 5-5 going into the 9th inning, new San Diego Padres skipper Pat Murphy brought in the Padres closer Craig Kimbrel to keep the Athletics off the board and give the Padres bats a chance to win the game. Across baseball many coaches would agree that using your closer in a non-save situation to give your chance a team to win is…

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