Will the Padres Trade for Nick Ahmed?

March 17, 2017

In recent days, A.L. West foes, the Arizona Diamondbacks, have reportedly made shortstop, Nick Ahmed, available to other teams. After being basically pushed out of his starting role due to the off-season additions of Ketel Marte and Daniel Descalso and the emergence of Ildemaro Vargas, the Diamondbacks have effectively put Ahmed on the “trade block”. The San Diego Padres have had interest in Ahmed in the past, and you can see…

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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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Projecting the Padres Muddled Rotation Part 1: Returning Options

March 6, 2017

The year 2016 was a tale of two very different seasons for the San Diego Padres. On the field, the team was dreadful, winning only 68 games and finishing with the worst record in the National League and tied with two other teams for the second worst winning percentage in all of Major League Baseball. In terms of actual baseball played on the field in 2016, it was a year…

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Prospect Watch: 2017 is a Big Season for Javier Guerra

February 17, 2017

  After what has been a rough couple of years as a San Diego Padres fan, the Padres finally have some real hope for the future. With a flurry of trades and big time international signings, the Padres have turned one of the worst farm systems in all of baseball into one of the game’s deepest. On top of that, many Padres prospects had successful 2016 seasons, which gave the…

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Padres Eric Lauer Interview- Progression Through Dedication

February 7, 2017

The San Diego Padres selected Eric Lauer with their 25th overall pick in the 2016 draft. The left-handed pitcher out of Kent State came with the reputation of being a polished pitcher, and he has done absolutely nothing to contradict that assessment. Lauer has worked his tail off since joining the Padres’ organization, and is anxious to start his first full professional season. He recently took time to sit down…

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Yangervis Solarte a Possible Utility Man?

February 1, 2017

The San Diego Padres have a lot of options entering spring training regarding their 25-man roster. There are some open spots that will result in a few competitions during the spring. Arguably the most intriguing spot, in a potential position battle, is second base. Ryan Schimpf, Cory Spangenberg, and Carlos Asuaje are all deserving candidates. Each should see some playing time at the position during the season. All three of…

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The San Diego Padres’ Secret Weapon

January 31, 2017

The San Diego Padres weren’t good in 2016. Despite their best efforts, they weren’t even good in 2015 after a hectic off-season filled with trading by then new general manager, A.J. Preller. In fact, the Padres haven’t really been objectively good since 2010, their last winning season, and haven’t made a postseason appearance since way back in 2006. Going into 2017, the Padres are once again not expected to be…

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Prospect Watch: Franchy Cordero is on the Rise

January 30, 2017

I would be lying if I tried to say I have always had a strong interest in prospects. As a San Diego Padres’ fan, I have always been told to hold hope for the future, because there were always better players coming up to make the Padres a winner. For the last twenty years I have watched the Padres. I have watched young players get called up, play well for…

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Padres Bargain Shopping/Free Agent Leftovers- Starting Pitchers

January 29, 2017

The San Diego Padres need for starting pitching is quite obvious. The 2017 spring training period will be an open audition for as many as nine arms as Luis Perdomo, Trevor Cahill, Clayton Richard, Jhoulys Chacin, Jarred Cosart, Paul Clemens, Tyrell Jenkins, Cesar Vargas, and Christian Friedrich will all try to earn a spot in the Padres’ rotation. The team needs starting pitchers to complete the 2017 season and there…

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Why Does Ron Fowler HATE the Color Brown?

January 28, 2017

In a stadium full of various sports fans, a San Diego Padres’ supporter wearing old-school brown merchandise will always stick out. But yet, seemingly every year, Padres management remakes the jerseys with a stale boring look. A once unique franchise now resembles that of dozens of professional sports teams with the blue and white color scheme. It’s not the color blue and white that is the issue, it’s the fact…

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Is Jhoulys Chacin a Lock as a Starter for the Padres in 2017?

January 27, 2017

The word on the street is that the San Diego Padres may be fielding Major League Baseball’s weakest starting rotation in 2017. Some critics even claim that this rotation will be exceptionally bad. The worst seen in years. Could this be accurate? On paper, maybe. It’s true, if nothing exceptional happens with this rotation during the upcoming season, it might be bad. If there are no breakout performances or veteran…

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The Three-Man Rotation, Revisited

January 25, 2017

“Dream in a pragmatic way” – Aldous Huxley. In November, still dizzied by the intoxicating ridiculousness of Andrew Miller’s postseason, I dreamed up the concept of a re-imagined pitching staff for the hometown team. The article centered around the possibility of a three-man rotation (to be referred to as the TMR from here on out) that would allow for smaller, though more consistent, workloads for every arm on the staff….

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