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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Brandon Maurer is an Absolute Enigma

May 19, 2017

There have been plenty of developments through the first quarter of the Padres’ season. As a rebuilding team, the focus for the 2017 season is development: mainly getting players every day playing time in the hopes that the Padres can find some pieces for their next winning team. The development of Hunter Renfroe, Austin Hedges, and Manuel Margot has been exciting to watch. The development of Luis Perdomo has been…

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Who Should be Closing for Padres, Carter Capps or Brandon Maurer?

March 18, 2017

When you look at the possible starting rotation for the Padres, you get a little worried. However, when you peek into the bullpen, your hopes start to rise up a little bit more. More specifically, when you look at who could potentially be wrapping up games for the Friars when the score is close. Last season, we watched as the team turned starting pitcher Brandon Maurer into a closer after…

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Goose Gossage Signed on This Date in 1984 by Padres

January 6, 2017

  The history of the San Diego Padres was forever changed on this date 23 years ago, as the team signed free agent Rich “Goose” Gossage. On January 6th 1984, the San Diego Padres won the sweepstakes for the ace reliever. Although the Padres did not offer the most money or service years, the veteran reliever wanted a chance to help guide a developing franchise. He chose the Padres. Gossage…

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Will Brandon Maurer Be The Padres’ Closer in 2017?

December 26, 2016

A team known for having great bullpens, and especially great closers, the San Diego Padres do not currently have a shutdown, established, closer on the roster. There were at least three of those available on the free agent market, and some others available via trade, but as a rebuilding team, the Padres had no reason to waste money and/or assets to acquire any of them. So, going into 2017, the presumptive…

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Where is the Love for Former Padres’ LHP Mark Davis?

November 16, 2016

San Diego Padres history is short and sweet. Well, perhaps not sweet, but it is most definitely short. Plain and simple, there isn’t much to be proud of if you are a fan of the San Diego Padres. That is just the reality of the situation. However, the current regime is hell-bent on correcting that issue and turning things around in America’s Finest City. The Padres will be relevant in…

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Padres News: The Curious Case of Carter Capps

August 5, 2016

Let us pretend Colin Rea and Luis Castillo were not even in the Padres-Marlins deal headlined by Andrew Cashner, because, when all was said and done, they weren’t. Even with those two players eliminated from the trade, the Padres still received a very nice haul for Andrew Cashner. The centerpiece of the trade was 2015 first-round pick Josh Naylor, whose ceiling is probably a 25+ HR first baseman. The 19-year-old…

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Padres Editorial: Letting the Arrow Fly- Fernando Rodney

June 26, 2016

Even though it has been a disappointing 2016 San Diego Padres season, there have been a few bright spots. The team is currently rebuilding for the future, but still there have been some great moments so far this year. Fernando Rodney and the show he puts on for the crowd has been an absolute pleasure to watch. Padres fans were weary of the closer when the team first signed him,…

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Padres News: Fernando Rodney is Shooting Arrows and Taking Names

May 13, 2016

Has Fernando Rodney discovered the fountain of youth? The 39-year-old closer has still yet to allow a single run to score off of him and maintains a 0.00 ERA and a 0.929 WHIP thus far in the 2016 season. He has been as reliable as they come and the San Diego Padres could not be anymore thrilled about it. When the Padres traded away Craig Kimbrel and Joaquin Benoit there…

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Padres News: Fernando Rodney pulled early from Caribbean Series game with leg tightness

February 5, 2016

Fernando Rodney was taken out of the game as a precautionary measure, DR manager said. He felt some leg tightness earlier in the week. — Jesse Sanchez (@JesseSanchezMLB) February 6, 2016 A collective sigh comes over the San Diego Padres front office as Fernando Rodney was just inked to a one-year deal this week. It looks as thought the team will be fine and his departure is being labeled as…

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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 Rumors: Fernando Rodney Still an Option?

December 29, 2015

Cubs and padres are in on fernando rodney — Jon Heyman (@JonHeymanCBS) December 9, 2015 Padres are trying for fernando rodney on incentive-laden deal. cubs, others in — Jon Heyman (@JonHeymanCBS) December 10, 2015 As Jon Heyman has reported the San Diego Padres have been and still are currently weighing their options with closer Fernando Rodney. The team needs a stopper at the end of the pitching staff and Rodney…

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