Trade Possibilities: The San Diego Padres & The Houston Astros

July 20, 2017

The Houston Astros are currently the favorites to win the American League pennant. With a current record of 63-31, they are well on their way to winning the Western Division of the American League. They have a 16.5 game lead over the Mariners and there is relatively no chance that they blow that comfortable margin. The Astros are very young and have performed extremely well this season under manager A.J. Hinch….

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If Christian Yelich is Available, the Padres Should Definitely Be Interested

July 14, 2017

In Major League Baseball, the month of July is traditionally when a team buys and sells assets for the future. The San Diego Padres are certainly looking to trade off talent that could possibly fetch valuable prospects for the future. The team is rebuilding, and adding to an excellent farm system with a few trades here and there would only benefit the Padres in the long run. Brad Hand, Brandon…

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San Diego Padres’ First Half Recap & What to Expect in Second Half

July 13, 2017

The San Diego Padres had a decent first half of the 2017 MLB regular season. They finished with a record of 38-50, and are in fourth place in the National League West behind the Los Angeles Dodgers, Arizona Diamondbacks, and the Colorado Rockies, respectively. The Padres are 22 games back with a record of 16-28 on the road and 22-22 at home. In the second half of the season, the…

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What Should Padres Do With Carlos Asuaje

July 9, 2017

With Yangervis Solarte going on the D.L. a couple of weeks ago, the San Diego Padres looked for someone to take his role at second base, and hopefully flourish. That someone turned out to be Carlos Asuaje. The young infielder has been putting up solid numbers since the departure of Solarte, and being called up once again from El Paso. The 25-year-old is hitting .317 this year and has recorded…

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Ryan Buchter Belongs in Discussion as a Top Lefty Trade Target

July 9, 2017

When Padres left-handed relievers are brought up in trade conversations, almost always the subject is Brad Hand. Perhaps there is another lefty in the Padres’ bullpen that deserves some attention? Ryan Buchter was a breakout relief star for the Padres after signing as a free agent last season, posting surprising numbers (63.0 IP, 78 SO, 1.032 WHIP, 11.1 SO/9, 2.86 ERA). This season, Buchter has posted impressive numbers once again…

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Craig Stammen & Kirby Yates are Trade Deadline Candidates

July 8, 2017

2017 MLB All-Star Brad Hand is the name seen the most as a potential trade candidate. Given his performance this season, as well as his all-star status, the Padres will probably be asking for a pretty hefty package for Hand at the deadline. The Padres have a couple of other less expensive options in the bullpen as the trade deadline nears. Relievers Craig Stammen and Kirby Yates have both put…

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Padres EVT Podcast: Episode 48 with James & Patrick

July 7, 2017

  For this week’s solo show, we speak about many Padre related topics We hit on the team’s last series in Cleveland, and the fact the Friars will be maddening to watch the whole season long. They are capable of winning any series, against anyone, but at the same time they are capable of laying an egg on virtually any night. The team is young. It happens. The pitching performance…

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If Your Hand Causes You To Stumble, Cut it Off (Dealing Brad Hand)

July 5, 2017

Brad Hand is pitching out of his mind right now. His value is at an all-time high, and with that, the trade talk has already begun. With his ability to close out games, or pitch out of the setup position, he has tremendous worth. The Padres sole representative in the 2017 MLB All-Star game is a near lock to be dealt, and the clock is ticking. Hold on, Padre fans….

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Framing the Friars: Talking Brandon Maurer

June 26, 2017

Brandon Maurer‘s season, at least to this point, has not gone the way he or the Padres have hoped. Maurer has a 6.53 ERA in 2017 and has given up 32 hits in 30.1 IP. He is still striking out almost a batter per inning and has been extremely good at Petco Park (2.60 ERA, .183 BAA). On the road, though, he has an ERA hovering around 12; giving up…

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Trade Talk: Kicking the Tires on Maikel Franco

June 26, 2017

  A glance at the Padres’ list of top prospects reveals a couple of observations. One: our future pitchers (Adrian Morejon, Cal Quantrill, Anderson Espinoza, Mackenzie Gore, etc.) are going to be good. So too are the team’s collection of up-and-coming outfielders – Hunter Renfroe, Manuel Margot, Jorge Ona, and Jeisson Rosario all have scouts excited. Two: our future infield may not be. Wil Myers, while likely not the superstar…

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Appreciating Yangervis Solarte

June 24, 2017

Ever since the Padres traded for Yangervis Solarte in 2014, he has provided stability to an organization that has anything but that. In 3+ seasons as a Padre, he has hit .274/.334/.427 with 43 home runs while spending time at second, short, and third. Over that time, he has accumulated a nice 6.9 WAR. If one had to describe Yangervis Solarte on the field, it would probably be this: rock-solid….

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San Diego Padres Top-100 Prospects

June 23, 2017

The San Diego Padres’ farm system has grown tremendously. With talent overflowing at every level, a top 40 or 50 list doesn’t do justice for what this current regime has created. So, I decided to embark on a top-100 list for the Padres. This was a long, arduous task, but in compiling this list, I found so many under-the-radar type youngsters that have a serious shot at being real prospects…

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