Padres Rumors: Justin Upton an All-Star, But Potential Trade Still Looms

July 9, 2015

The time has come for all San Diego Padres fans to face reality. This season is looking more and more like a disappointment for the team, and worst of all, slugging outfielder Justin Upton is about to be a free agent. He looks to be the only Padres player in the All-Star game (baring a late minute addition due to injury) and his value seems to be increasing by the…

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Padres Editorial: How Important is Pitch Framing?

July 8, 2015

In recent years much has been made about pitch framing and it’s importance to both a catcher’s value and the pitching staff’s performance. With every year comes more and more advanced statistics that measure the performance of all sorts of players in all sorts of scenarios. With the advent of Pitch F/X in 2006, there is now more data about pitchers and pitch location/velocity/movement than ever before. With this influx…

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Padres Editorial: #ThatsSoPadres… Yes, Yasmani Grandal Is a NL All-Star

July 8, 2015

“From what I’ve seen, he receives the ball well and has a nice feel for catching. He looks like a guy who should get better with experience.” – Mike Scioscia “I still think there’s more in there with him. I don’t think people realize how good he was swinging the bat at the end of last year.” – Don Mattingly First, ESPN’s Jayson Stark, Dave Schonenfield and Jim Bowden predicted…

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Padres Editorial: Brandon Maurer, Easily A.J.’s Best Addition

July 7, 2015

With all the moves the San Diego Padres made this past off-season, one in particular is standing out as a great deal for the team. With the additions to the outfield, Seth Smith was deemed expendable by the team. Matt Kemp, Justin Upton and Wil Myers were acquired by the Padres and with their additions, playing time for Smith was going to be non-existent. Just a reality of the game,…

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Padres Rumors: The Case for Trading Will Venable

July 7, 2015

The San Diego Padres season obviously hasn’t gone as planned. AJ Preller made all sorts of off-season splashes that were supposed to propel the Padres into playoff contention. Injuries and struggles from many of those acquisitions has led the Padres to being 7 games out of the National League West right before the All Star Break. The Padres are quickly headed towards seller territory and that might realistically be the…

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Padres Editorial: Is It Time To Blame A.J. Preller?

July 6, 2015

With all the additions made to the San Diego Padres roster, there were a lot of high expectations for the 2015 squad. When a team adds James Shields, Matt Kemp, Craig Kimbrel, Justin Upton, Derek Norris and Brandon Maurer to their roster, then the fans naturally expect production. General manager A.J. Preller did wonders to revitalize the Padres fan base, but did he do it at the cost of the…

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Padres Rumors: Padres and Cubs Talking Trade Again?

July 6, 2015

The San Diego Padres are presently in the need of some middle infield help, and there has been a lot of speculation that the Chicago Cubs could be a great match for them. That really is no secret as the Padres have been linked to both Starlin Castro and Javier Baez in the past few months. Could a potential deal happen and would the Cubs really deal both middle infielders?…

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Padres Editorial: What’s Really Wrong with Matt Kemp?

July 4, 2015

For all intents and purposes, the acquisition of Matt Kemp from the Dodgers in the offseason has been a bit of a disaster for the San Diego Padres. Kemp has failed to produce to the level the Padres front office expected and in many ways has actually provided a negative value to the team. With the financial subsidy from the Dodgers ending next year, the Padres will be on the…

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Padres Editorial: Brewer’s Banter

July 3, 2015

This is the first of a new weekly series where I will be ranting, raving, and discussing all the going ons in the baseball world over the past week. The Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim General Manager Situation Thought it would be fitting to lead off with the mess of a situation that is the Angels front office. The story goes like this: General Manager Jerry DiPoto and Manager Mike…

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Padres Special: Carmelo Martinez

July 3, 2015

When I think about the 1984 San Diego Padres team, a lot of key position players come to mind. Steve Garvey, Tony Gwynn, Graig Nettles and Kevin McReynolds get all the accolades, but it was players like Carmelo Martinez that were the unsung heroes of that first Padres postseason run. Carmelo Martinez played nine interesting, drama-filled seasons for the San Diego Padres. He seemed to always be in the center of trade rumors, despite…

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Padres News: A New Low For the Padres

July 2, 2015

The San Diego Padres off-season was one of the most memorable times in Padres history. It seemed as though the Padres were involved in almost every trade rumor. Amazingly enough a lot of those rumors came to fruition as the team upgraded in a major way. Adding Matt Kemp to the Padres was an unheard of addition in Padres history. The team does not typically invest long-term into a player…

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Padres Editorial: When Myers Returns/Ideal Defensive Alignment

July 2, 2015

Lofty expectations engendered by a complete roster makeover in the off-season have not been met, and the San Diego Padres clearly have several pressing issues. The club has had inconsistent play across the board, which has led to the firing of Bud Black, and many Major League Baseball insiders to question whether the team will be sellers at the All Star Break.   Though disappointing, several pundits and analysts anticipated…

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