Padres Editorial: Can Cory Spangenberg Be An Everyday Player?

December 14, 2015

Just over a month into the 2015-2016 offseason, A.J. Preller and the San Diego Padres have already been very busy. That level of activity kept up at the Winter Meetings, with Preller and company making several moves. Perhaps the biggest of all the moves so far this offseason, was the trade of second baseman Jedd Gyorko to the St. Louis Cardinals in return for center fielder Jon Jay. With Gyorko…

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Padres News: Padres and Matsuda Making Progress?

December 14, 2015

The San Diego Padres are apparently making some progress with free agent third baseman Nobuhiro Matsuda of the Fukuoka Softbank Hawks. The 10-year Japanese infielder is coming off a career year and looking to parlay that into a big payday in the U.S. Reports early Monday morning in Japan from @Fullcountc2 (a Japanese baseball site) indicate that the Padres and Matsuda are in current dialogue with each other. Matsuda hit…

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Padres Editorial: Did the Padres Trade Gyorko Too Soon?

December 13, 2015

Jedd Gyorko has enormous power for a second baseman and produced some of the most impressive moonshots at Petco Park while playing for the Padres. The problem is that when he wasn’t smashing the ball all the way to Old Town, he was striking out or flying out or grounding into double plays. He’s like the most interesting man of hitting; he doesn’t always hit the baseball, but when he…

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Padres Rumors: Texas Rangers Need a Catcher… Preller Time?

December 12, 2015

Predicting A.J. Preller’s next move is like trying to find a needle in a haystack. There just isn’t any way to know what he is doing. He is the type of G.M. that makes moves three steps ahead of everyone else. Fans are currently up in arms because they cannot figure out what he is doing. His new acquisition of Christian Bethancourt has given the Padres four catchers who are…

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Padres Special: Remembering MVP Ken Caminiti

December 12, 2015

In the 46-year history of the San Diego Padres the team has had only one MVP. That honor goes to Ken Caminiti who was a very capable leader, but had many unforseen issues that led to his untimely death. Caminiti was a fierce competitor and worked very hard on his craft. The man hated to lose or fail and in the end that drive for perfection led him down the…

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Padres Editorial: Grading the Padres Offseason Acquisitions So Far

December 12, 2015

Acquisition of Jose Pirela To kick off the 2015-2016 offseason, A.J. Preller swung a trade for infielder Jose Pirela from the New York Yankees, giving up minor league pitcher Ronald Herrera in the process. It is unclear where Pirela slots in with the Padres for next season, but he will most likely compete with fellow trade acquisition Carlos Asuaje for playing time as the Padres infield utility man. In just…

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Padres News: San Diego Padres Rule 5 Draft Recap

December 11, 2015

The final day of the 2015 Winter Meetings are here and the Rule 5 Draft has come and past. The Padres made several moves at this year’s draft that may have some interesting implications for next season. Before we get into who the Padres ended up with, it helps to understand all the rules and intricacies of the Rule 5 Draft. The Rule 5 Draft is structured as so: as…

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Padres News: Padres Interested in Bethancourt… What About Norris & Hedges?

December 10, 2015

Joel Sherman of the New York Post reports that the San Diego Padres are kicking the tires on Christian Bethancourt. The ultra athletic catcher has been deemed expendable since the Braves signings of catchers A.J. Pierzynski and Tyler Flowers. Pierzynski and Flowers provide the perfect left/right combination for the Braves behind the plate. The Padres are currently stocked at the position with Derek Norris and Austin Hedges both returning from…

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Padres Rumors: Padres/Cubs Deal Might be Possible

December 10, 2015

The San Diego Padres and Chicago Cubs have long been rumored to be communicating in a possible deal. The two have had discussions regarding the Padres need for a shortstop and the Cubs need for starting pitching. John Morosi of FOX Sports MLB tweeted late Wednesday night that the Cubs are in continued trade dialogue with multiple teams and the Padres are included. The report indicates the Cubs are infatuated…

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Padres Editorial: Stay Positive San Diego

December 9, 2015

I understand that the life of a San Diego Padres fan can be harsh. It is a life of promise and riddled by disappointment. Being a lifelong fan of this team for almost 40 years has been tough. My fondest memories are when this team has succeeded. Unfortunately those memories are few and far between. In recent weeks the negativity level on this fan base has reached a new high…

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Padres Editorial: Reaction & Insight to Gyorko/Jay Trade

December 8, 2015

Early on Tuesday morning for those of us on the West Coast, the San Diego Padres agreed to a deal with the St. Louis Cardinals to send second baseman Jedd Gyorko to the Cards in return for center fielder Jon Jay. The Padres also will send over $7 million to cover some of the remaining cost of the $33 million remaining on Gyorko’s deal. In sum, the Padres will save…

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Padres Special: This Day in Padres History (Three Trades & Big Signing)

December 8, 2015

The San Diego Padres history is very deep and on this day in history the team pulled off three separate trades and also made one of the biggest signings in teams history. 17 different players changed hands on this date in Padres history (December 8th). The first two trades are for the very old school fans out there and the last trade was a little controversial at the time. Any…

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