What “Dead Money” Really Means for the Padres

March 14, 2017

Recently it was pointed out by Fangraphs’ Craig Edwards, in a piece he wrote, that the Padres were among teams with the most “dead money” on their payroll. Not surprisingly, the Dodgers topped the list. Los Angeles’ big market has taken on big contracts to facilitate trades, and have invested consistently on the international front, along with big free agent signings and extensions to star players. The Yankees and Angels…

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Padres Shortstop Search Could End with Detroit Tigers

March 11, 2017

As spring training evaluations and player and prospect(s) showcasing continues to narrow down competition for the San Diego Padres, they remain interested in upgrading their shortstop candidates. According to Jon Heyman of Fanragsports.com, the Padres are searching for a shortstop, and he notes that their preference would be a player that is controlled beyond 2017. The Padres have, of course, signed Erick Aybar to a minor league deal, but his…

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A Never Too Early Padres’ Outfield Preview

October 11, 2016

Last week I took a look at the infield and what that could showcase in 2017, given the internal options and incredibly early unknowns — as the off season hasn’t yet to begin. Now, let’s delve into the outfield depth and international options and assess what those options are, and what they will look like. The Padres have a core of promising outfield prospects. Matt Kemp wasn’t a bright spot…

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Padres Editorial: Detailed Trade Scenarios for the San Diego Padres

June 6, 2016

With the second half of the season approaching, we’re starting to see what teams are well-rounded, are contenders or pretenders, and which of those teams will be buyers and sellers at the trade deadline. It will be an interesting deadline for the Padres — as they surprised the baseball industry last trade-deadline and even during the off season, by standing pat. That will not be the case this go-around as…

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Koke’s Korner: The Curious Case of Jabari Stash

May 17, 2016

The Padres appeared to have a good chance at stashing Jabari Blash on the MLB roster for a year, but he was recently DFA’d and will be sent back to his original team the Seattle Mariners. As a rule-5 player has to remain on the 25-man roster all year, or is sent back to his original team. If he clears waivers, the Padres are have said to have interest in…

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Padres Editorial: Make Baseball Baseball Again

May 16, 2016

A few thoughts on the brawl between the Texas Rangers and the Toronto Blue Jays last night — including self-proclaimed social media boxing experts ad nauseam, after witnessing one of the cleanest punches connected in a brawl, which Rougned Odor landed on Jose Bautista. The Rangers took exception to Bautista’s bat flip last year during the playoffs. And in baseball, players never forget. I suppose that’s understandable, yet given the…

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Padres Editorial: Preller’s Patience Could Pay Off

May 6, 2016

The San Diego Padres were broadly criticized for not unloading anything of value during the trade-deadline last year, and during this off season. Accompanied by the fact that they are a team that’s not supposed to compete this year, many of their lucrative contracts had little-to-no value, and only magnified those “bad contracts” with limited production. Fast forward a month into the season, and in contrast to deemed immovable players, we’re seeing how dangerous…

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Koke’s Korner: Padres Atrocious Record Start Doesn’t Mean What You Think

April 7, 2016

After the San Diego Padres were swept, and even during the game as we watched the anemic offense to open the year embarrass in front of sellout crowds — local and national media were pushing a very meaningless narrative. The Padres became the first team in MLB history to be shut-out for the first 27 innings of a season. What does this mean over the course of a grueling 162…

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Koke’s Korner: Gossage & Harper Sound Off

March 12, 2016

On Thursday, Bryce Harper and Rich “Goose” Gossage made comments that, depending on your view, may be looked at as good for baseball, or a step in the wrong direction. I’ll explain why neither are “wrong” in their own right; minus Goose Gossage’s relentless, yet inappropriate delivery of his view. Here is what both players said; coincidentally both comments were made separately in no correlation to one another. “Bautista is a…

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Koke’s Korner: Is Padres Ownership Sending Mixed Signals?

March 6, 2016

The San Diego Padres have been awkwardly against the local and mainstream media as well as the fan perception that they’re in any way “rebuilding”. Executive Chairman of the Padres ownership group, Ron Fowler has gone on record as saying he hates that [rebuild] characterization of the ball club. The Padres front office has been adamantly denying such a rebuild, and trying to reaffirm fan skepticism by continuously talking about…

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Koke’s Korner: Padres to go with a 6-man rotation?

February 23, 2016

Could the Padres go with a 6-man rotation in 2016? The Padres lack of depth in the upper minor league system but that doesn’t negate going into the 2016 season with more than five candidates that seem to be viable options after Tyson Ross, James Shields and Andrew Cashner. Those immediate candidates don’t include potential late off-season additions, perhaps Tim Lincecum? Lincecum has generated a lot of interest this off-season,…

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Padres Editorial: Koke’s Korner

January 28, 2016

The Padres don’t appear to have a clear vision on the surface. By all appearances, they have no idea in which direction they want to go. At least that’s the media consensus. Although, I’d argue that’s the point, isn’t it? Should Preller tip his hand just so the media has a better handle on what he’s gonna do? That brings me to last year’s trade-deadline when every authoritative source was…

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