Seven Reasons to Keep Watching the Padres

August 9, 2017

As I type this, the Padres are currently 49-62 and fresh off the heels of an 11-3 loss to the lowly Cincinnati Reds. Yeah, not all that fun. The Padres have been playing decent baseball for the last few months, but part of that has been due to luck. Their run differential is by far the worst in the big leagues, at -143. They are an even thirty games behind…

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The Padres Made Right Move in Keeping Brad Hand at Deadline

August 1, 2017

All month long we’ve been speculating what kind of return the Padres could get for Brad Hand, who has been on fire since being claimed by the team last April. The trade deadline came and went, and to the benefit of the Padres, Hand is still in San Diego. Many saw Brad Hand as the Padres best option to bring in some more top prospects to fatten up the system…

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San Diego Padres Take A Great Risk, Hold Onto Hand

July 31, 2017

As I am writing this, it is 1:02 PM PST and the trade deadline has come and gone without any Padres trades. Well except for the trade that sent Brandon Maurer, Trevor Cahill, and Ryan Buchter to the Royals for Travis Wood, Matt Strahm, and Estuery Ruiz, but you already knew about that. But the big trade that everyone anticipated, the Brad Hand deal that would net the Padres a…

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The Clock is Ticking: Will the Padres Give a Team a “Hand” or Not?

July 31, 2017

Here we are. After a month of speculation and rumors, it is finally July 31st. With the trade deadline coming quickly at four o’clock Eastern Standard Time and one o’clock Pacific Standard Time, Padres fans will finally get an answer to the big question: Will the San Diego Padres trade Brad Hand or not? Over the last week, there has been an immense amount of speculation with a variety of…

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Could the Padres Reach Their “Hand” into Dodgers’ Prospect Pool?

July 30, 2017

  Three teams have recently emerged to be top bidders for Padres now closer Brad Hand, the Nationals, the Astros, and the Dodgers. The Dodgers being the only team of the three to have a top-10 farm system. A year ago, the Dodgers ranked number one overall, but the graduating of some top prospects and the growth of other systems has seen them fall down the list a few numbers….

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Brad Hand Sweepstakes: The Tampa Bay Rays

July 29, 2017

  It is no secret that the San Diego Padres will trade their lone all-star representative from this year’s mid-season classic. Brad Hand has optimal value right now and the Padres are not in the state to compete just yet. In order to build for the future, Hand must be moved for prospects who can be key additions to a potential playoff push in the coming years. That is the…

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The Brad Hand Sweepstakes: Washington Nationals

July 29, 2017

With the trade deadline approaching, the San Diego Padres are in a fantastic position. With the club enduring a full-blown rebuild, general manager A.J. Preller and the Padres’ front office will clearly be looking to sell. With that being said, the Padres possess one of the most coveted assets of this years trade deadline in the form of 27-year-old left-handed pitcher Brad Hand.  The all-star reliever has been one of…

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Who’s the Closer Once Brad Hand is Traded?

July 26, 2017

  With their trade of Ryan Buchter, Brandon Maurer, and Trevor Cahill to the Kansas City Royals on Monday afternoon, the Padres not only finally kicked off their trade deadline moving and shaking, but they also blew up their bullpen in the process. While Hand has been reliably used as the Padres’ bullpen fireman, operating as a quasi set-up man/multi-inning relief ace, Ryan Buchter and Brandon Maurer more or less…

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Trade Possibilities: The Milwaukee Brewers & The San Diego Padres

July 24, 2017

The Milwaukee Brewers are surprisingly in the midst of a playoff race. As a team that was not expected to contend, they have some very big decisions to make in the coming week. Does the team go all-in and mortgage their future for players that could lead them to the promised land? Or does the team stand pat and possibly fall out of contention while facing the ire of their…

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A.J. Preller Is Overplaying His Hand

July 20, 2017

  I will start by saying this: Brad Hand is very good at baseball. Selected off waivers from the Marlins at the beginning of last year, Hand almost immediately parlayed a newfound opportunity on the mound into a career revitalization. He struck out over 30 percent of the hitters he faced. He also carried a 2.92 ERA through 89.1 innings, the heaviest workload of any relief pitcher in the league…

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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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Does Brandon Maurer Have More Trade Value Than Brad Hand?

July 19, 2017

All-Star set up man, Brad Hand, has been rumored to have drawn interest from over 15 teams looking to trade, but does he hold the most trade value in the Padres’ bullpen? The most important pieces of a contending teams are usually their bullpen arms. More specifically the closer is one of, if not, the most important asset to top contenders looking for help. So far this season, Hand holds a…

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