MLB Hot Stove About to Ignite and Padres Should be Front & Center

January 2, 2018

It is the first week of January and the MLB winter has been eerily quiet. Only one of the top 10 listed free agents have signed, and very little has happened among the trade market. Sure, Giancarlo Stanton was dealt to the Yankees, but there is still much to do for most major league teams that plan on competing in 2018. The Padres have as much work to do as anybody,…

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A Look at New Padres’ Pitcher Bryan Mitchell

December 29, 2017

The first two weeks of December were full of suspense for San Diego Padre’ fans. It started with the excitement of being finalists in the Shohei Ohtani sweepstakes. Before there was enough time to process the disappointment of losing out on him to the Los Angeles Angels, the MLB Winter Meetings began. As is the annual tradition, rumors and reveries were flying until the team made its first major move…

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Would it be the End of the World if the Padres Kept Chase Headley in 2018?

December 15, 2017

The Padres acquired former Padre Chase Headley and RHP Bryan Mitchell on Tuesday from the Yankees for Jabari Blash. Clearly, the team wanted to acquire a team-controlled pitcher with some potential, while washing their hands of Blash. In doing so, they also ended up taking on Chase Headley and his $13 million salary. The initial reaction of many was that the Padres had erred in this transaction. Why on earth…

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Padres in Negotiations on Trade of Headley and Solarte

December 13, 2017

A.J. Preller is a man on a mission. His ultimate duty is to improve a franchise that has been neglected for a long time. He is well on his way to accomplishing his mission as the Padres’ farm system is one of the best in all of baseball. The team also has some decent young major league talent, and reportedly also has money to spend. Things are about to get…

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A.J. Preller Has Busy Day at Winter Meetings, Swings Two Trades and Continues Negotiations

December 13, 2017

A.J. Preller has been a busy man at the Orlando Winter Meetings, as he swung two different trades with two teams from the A.L. East. Preller began by sending Jabari Blash to the Yankees for third baseman Chase Headley, right-handed reliever Bryan Mitchell, and cash considerations, then cleared space on the 40-man roster by trading Ryan Schimpf to the Tampa Bay Rays for minor league infielder Deion Tansel. Preller has…

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Is the “Tank” Over For the San Diego Padres?

December 12, 2017

The “tank” has been a buzz-word utilized by Padre fans for the 2017 season. Most of which, at least to start the season, were in agreement that it would be acceptable if the Friars lost 100 games and had a shot at the top draft pick, dropping themselves to the bottom of the baseball “fish tank” if you will. My definition of “tanking” means the Padres are to make no…

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Chase Headley Acquired From Yankees for Jabari Blash

December 12, 2017

  In a surprising move, the San Diego Padres have re-acquired third baseman Chase Headley from the New York Yankees for slugging outfielder Jabari Blash. Also in the deal is right-handed pitcher Bryan Mitchell. The Padres take on all of Headley’s $13 million dollar salary in the deal, as they appear to be absorbing money in order to get their hands on Mitchell. The Yankees’ former pitcher has decent upside…

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The San Diego Padres 2010’s All-Decade Team

December 9, 2017

Yes, I know there are two seasons left in this decade, but hey, these lists are fun and it’s the off-season. From the 2010 to the 2017 season, let’s see where we are at with the Padres’ 2010’s All-Decade team. Unfortunately, the Friars have had a rough go at it this decade. They only have one winning season (2010) and zero playoff appearances. Now, this doesn’t mean there haven’t been…

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A Padre Fan’s Guide to the 2017 Postseason

October 4, 2017

The 2017 MLB postseason is here. Shockingly, it does not include the San Diego Padres. OK, I’m kidding. We all knew this would happen. However, this doesn’t mean Padre fans should turn off their TV’s and wait for spring training to start. This is a pretty interesting postseason on paper. There are three 100+ win teams (first time since 2003). There are also three teams from the Padres’ own division,…

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Yasmani Grandal & Five Other Former Friars Who had Solid Opening Day Performances

April 5, 2017

The San Diego Padres had a rough start to the 2017 MLB season, falling 14-3 against the Los Angeles Dodgers. Former Friars’ backstop, Yasmani Grandal, played a huge role in the game, going 2-for-5 with two home runs and three RBI. The Cuban catcher was not alone, as several former San Diego Padres players had a nice start to their 2017 campaigns. Here are five more former Friars who stood…

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Padres Series Preview: Padres Take on Yankees This Weekend at Petco

July 1, 2016

The San Diego Padres will start a series this weekend against the New York Yankees at Petco Park. This series has been one of the most anticipated series of the year. Fittingly enough the Yankees will stop by the weekend just before the 4th Of July. We should be in for quite an exiting series. It is very rare to see the Yankees in San Diego. In fact before this…

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Padres Editorial: Yangervis Solarte a Viable Option at 3B?

January 24, 2016

When the Padres traded Chase Headley to the Yankees in July of 2014, many viewed the trade as a “dump” for them. Headley’s time in San Diego had passed and both sides needed to go in a different direction. In return for Headley, the Padres acquired Yangervis Solarte and Rafael De Paula. At the time, analysts viewed Solarte as an “old” rookie and De Paula as the main piece, with…

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