Will Recent Waiver Wire Addition Tim Melville be a Productive Padre?

August 31, 2017

In recent years, the Padres have made some outstanding waiver claims. In 2016, it was Brad Hand who went from a struggling starting pitcher in Miami to a stud high-leverage reliever in San Diego. In the two years that he has been with the Friars, Hand has twirled a shiny 2.61 ERA in 155 innings pitched, an innings total that ranks at the top among MLB relievers. During this span,…

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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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San Diego Padres Trade Deadline To-Do List

July 15, 2017

The MLB Draft is in the books, the Home Run Derby has concluded, and the All-Star game was won. With the first half of the baseball calendar now complete, it is finally time to look forward to the next biggest day on the MLB calendar: the July 31st non-waiver trade deadline. With just 17 days left until July 31st, the trade deadline kicked off in a big way with the…

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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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Kirby Yates & Waiver Wire Success Stories

June 5, 2017

For a team in the Padres’ position on the win curve, you need to maximize talent acquisition and find talent wherever you can. Over the last few years, the Padres have tried to exploit a market inefficiency by taking full advantage of the Rule 5 Draft. With three players, Miguel Diaz, Allen Cordoba, and Luis Torrens, currently on the 25-man roster after being selected in the Rule 5 Draft, and…

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The Book on New Padres’ Relievers Kirby Yates & Jose Valdez

May 23, 2017

Coming into the 2017 season, the bullpen was set to be the best asset of the San Diego Padres. However, throughout the season, the relief corps has massively struggled, with one of its biggest assets, Brandon Maurer, having a hard time keeping his head above water. In fact, in the last few weeks, his ERA has ballooned to 6.88. Even though this will ultimately come down since his FIP is 2.54…

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