Padres Editorial: What A.J. is Thinking & Five Potential Trade Partners

January 26, 2016

The majority of San Diego Padres criticism and focus from the media, fans, and evaluators has been on the black hole at short-stop, and the void in left field now — with Justin Upton signing with the Tigers. The Padres have added veteran shortstop — Alexei Ramirez on a one year deal with a mutual option; which looks to be an absolute bargain. That should end some of the fan…

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Padres Editorial: Padres Should Be Very Interested in Tim Lincecum Showcase

January 25, 2016

With most of the biggest free agents now off the market, attention now turns to the a more risky yet intriguing options. Qualifying offer players, such as Ian Desmond, Dexter Fowler, and Yovani Gallardo, still remain on the market. While no one has questioned the talent of those players, they still come with some question marks. However, players like Doug Fister and Cliff Lee come with even bigger question marks. Tim…

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Padres Minors: Q & A with Padres minor league prospect Brad Zunica

January 24, 2016

The San Diego Padres selected a little known first baseman with their 15th round selection in the 2015 draft. Not much was known about Brad Zunica except that he had tremendous power. At 6′ 6″ and 250 lbs, Zunica is a big target at first base. He has a very powerful stroke and at the age of 20, just seems to be blossoming into his potential. His sophomore year in…

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Brewer’s Banter: Padres sign Rodney, Cespedes & Gallardo discussed

January 23, 2016

Fernando Rodney Not a lot of big news came out of Padre land this week. Probably the biggest news, being that is was the only real notable news, was the signing of RHP Fernando Rodney. The Padres are offering Fernando Rodney plenty of incentives. 1-year guarantee is $2M. 2-year max is $18.6M. https://t.co/L0N5GDgevx — Dennis Lin (@dennistlin) January 20, 2016 The deal is kind of complicated. For a base salary…

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Padres News: Free Agent Leftovers (Outfielders)

January 23, 2016

The San Diego Padres made some huge additions to the outfield last season. The acquisitions of Matt Kemp, Justin Upton and Wil Myers left little doubt who would be the starting outfielders for the Padres in 2015. Fast forward to the 2016 season and only Matt Kemp will hold an outfield spot on the Padres. Justin Upton left via free agency and for the time the Padres seem set to have Wil…

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Padres Minors: Q & A With Padres Minor Leaguer Nick Torres

January 22, 2016

In our latest interview with a Padres minor leaguer for East Village Times, I was lucky enough to be able to talk to Padres outfield prospect Nick Torres. Originally drafted in the fourth round of the 2014 draft, Nick Torres got off to a slow start in his first professional season. Following a rough first half year, Torres truly excelled in both Low A and High A for the Padres…

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Padres News: Free Agent Leftovers (Infielders)

January 21, 2016

There are some decent options still available for a team looking to do some bargain hunting on the free agent market. If you need help at virtually every infield position, you can find someone to help your team for the 2016 season. At this point the top players are all but gone, but there are some bargains out there. San Diego Padres fans cannot be naive and they must realize…

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Padres Editorial: Is Yoenis Cespedes really an option for the Padres?

January 21, 2016

In the last few days there have been whispers that the San Diego Padres are monitoring the situation around Yoenis Cespedes and his free agent year. There are numerous reports that the 30-year-old outfielder is seeking at least a four-year deal, so it seems strange that the Padres would have interest in him. It is probably no coincidence that these whispers came out the day after Justin Upton signed a…

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Padres News: Fernando Rodney Signs With Padres

January 20, 2016

Following the signing of Alexei Ramirez last Thursday, the Padres signed yet another veteran to fill another hole. Fernando Rodney has agreed to a deal with the Padres that will likely see him be he favorite to close games in San Diego next season. The deal is a one year pact with a base salary of $1.6 million, including $5 million in annual incentives and a club option for 2017, worth $2…

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Padres Editorial: Padres in Neutral is a Dangerous Thing for Fan Base

January 20, 2016

In the history of the San Diego Padres, the team has struggled for an identity. There have been tons of ups and down in the franchises relationship with its fans. This past offseason with the addition of A.J. Preller the mostly dormant fan base had been revitalized. When you add James Shields, Craig Kimbrel, Matt Kemp, Justin Upton and Wil Myers in one offseason the fans will come out of…

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Padres Editorial: Where I Agree With Preller’s Critics

January 19, 2016

I like what A.J. Preller has done to alter the Padres roster, but I do agree with his critics in one area. One year ago pitching depth in the upper minor leagues was an area of strength for the Padres, and now it is completely lacking top prospect talent. That’s not a good thing. Matt Wisler, Joe Ross, Jesse Hahn, Max Fried, Joe Wieland and Casey Kelly have all been…

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Padres Minors: Q & A with Padres minor league pitcher Blake Rogers

January 19, 2016

Our latest Padres minor league prospect to be interviewed in anticipation of this upcoming 2016 season is minor league pitcher Blake Rogers. The right handed pitcher has had an eventful journey to the professional level thus far. The one time catcher in junior college, has blossomed recently and seems to be getting better with age and experience. We talk about his journey from all-conference catcher to relief pitcher in the…

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