Cuban OF Luis Robert Showcase is Today, Padres Will Be Present

March 30, 2017

More than two months ago, I brought you a story on Cuban outfielder, Luis Robert. Even though the Padres have spent over $70 million dollars on the international market, they are surely not done. Last week, the team inked a Cuban left-handed pitcher named Osvaldo Fernandez for $2.5 million dollars. He is 18 and adds to the Padres young depth. Right now it is a great time to be a…

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I Haven’t Given Up Yet (Padre Edition)

March 29, 2017

We live in a cynical, know-it all, data based, scientific, materialist world. Everyone is an expert, nobody is a sheep. Talking heads seem to get paid by the word, 24/7 cable seems to get paid by the talking head. Santa Claus is nothing but a tooth fairy, Cinderella lost both her slippers. It’s a dreary business. It’s as if spring never gets to spring and summer doesn’t get to bloom….

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Padres Rule-5 Draftees Progressing Through Spring Training

March 24, 2017

  When A.J. Preller and the San Diego Padres front office decided to “splurge” in the Rule-5 draft last December, a lot of doubt was held pretty much everywhere of the Padres’ ability to keep just one, yet alone all three of their selections. The #1 pick, Miguel Diaz, was the most likely to be kept at the time. Infielder Allen Cordoba and catcher Luis Torrens were seen as long…

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Craig Stammen is Forcing Himself into Padres Bullpen

March 23, 2017

A few weeks ago I wrote a piece detailing the San Diego Padres’ potential opening day bullpen. You can check that out here. Since then, the roster has seen several changes and admittedly, some of my predictions have proved to be slightly off. Craig Stammen is one player in particular that I may have underestimated. He has been exceptionally good over the last few weeks in spring training and it’s…

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Oakland Athletics & San Diego Padres Are an Excellent Match for a Trade

March 22, 2017

The San Diego Padres have acquired Tyson Ross, Derek Norris, and Drew Pomeranz from the Oakland Athletics in the last five years. Is it time for another Athletics/Padres deal? Is no secret that A.J. Preller is aggressive when it comes to making trades. He is not shy. If a deal will improve his club, then he will surely pull the trigger. For the Padres, at the moment, it is all…

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An Early Look at Padres’ 2018-2019 Free Agency Options

March 21, 2017

  Padres’ 2018-2019 Free Agency Shopping. With the Padres’ current payroll at an estimated $55,477,500 for the 2017 season, the team has seen some huge shifts in spending. Whereas two years ago Padres G.M., A.J. Preller, created the largest financial outlay in the team’s history, mainly due to the ill-fated acquisitions of Matt Kemp and James Shields, today there is a more conservative means of building a successful baseball team…

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San Diego Padres Prospect Watch: Jose Castillo

March 20, 2017

With each passing year, spring training marks a time for players to make a statement. Teams are looking to fill spots on their opening day rosters and players are looking to earn those spots. This fact rings doubly true for rebuilding teams, a label that is extremely fitting of the 2017 Padres. However, 2017 is different, as the World Baseball Classic has provided an additional, grander stage for players to…

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Who Should be Closing for Padres, Carter Capps or Brandon Maurer?

March 18, 2017

When you look at the possible starting rotation for the Padres, you get a little worried. However, when you peek into the bullpen, your hopes start to rise up a little bit more. More specifically, when you look at who could potentially be wrapping up games for the Friars when the score is close. Last season, we watched as the team turned starting pitcher Brandon Maurer into a closer after…

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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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Padres Rotation is Coming Into Focus & Other News/Notes

March 17, 2017

Just last week here at East Village Times, I wrote a four-part series detailing the San Diego Padres’ rotation options, and who looked to be in line to earn a spot this spring of 2017. Over the last week since then, the rotation has come into clearer focus. As it currently stands, it appears the trio of Jered Weaver, Jhoulys Chacin, and Clayton Richard have all more or less earned…

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Wil Myers is Clearly the Face of the San Diego Padres

March 16, 2017

The San Diego Padres have put a whole lot of weight behind their plan to build a championship team from the ground up. The agenda has been formulated around a dramatic accumulation of very young, raw talent with high upside, to flood the farm system, and provide a bevy of options at essentially every position in the coming years. Much of this talent is coming from the international market; though…

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Should the Padres Look to Add Eric Gagne?

March 16, 2017

This spring, the World Baseball Classic is being played across the planet, and every participating nation has a lot of talented players that are representing their home country or country of ancestor. But one player in particular got my attention last week. It was former Dodger great, Eric Gagne. For those of you who do not remember Gagne, he was once was the premier closer in the major leagues. The big…

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