Is Dusty Coleman Here to Stay?

August 11, 2017

San Diego Padres shortstop Dusty Coleman took a day off on Thursday afternoon after five straight starts. This break for Coleman came on the heels of an 0-3 night at the plate on Wednesday, during an 8-3 loss to the Cincinnati Reds. I first became aware of Coleman during spring training. I saw the squad play the Oakland Athletics at Hohokam Stadium in Mesa, Arizona on March 18th. During that…

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Should the Padres Play Yangervis Solarte at Shortstop?

July 29, 2017

For the second half of the 2017 season, the Padres were expected to use Erick Aybar at short. However, after suffering through a foul ball off his foot on July 22, the former Angel is no longer an option. As a result, Allen Córdoba and veteran minor leaguer Dusty Coleman have taken over. With neither serving as servicable everyday regulars, San Diego has come up with the idea to have…

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Another Padres Season, Another New Shortstop

March 29, 2017

If it seems like the Padres haven’t had a shortstop since the Khalil Greene days to you… It’s because they haven’t. The Padres have gone through Everth Cabrera, Miguel Tejada, Jason Bartlett, Alexi Amarista, and most recently, Alexei Ramirez as their opening day shortstops since 2009. The shortstop position has provided absolutely no stability for nearly the past decade in San Diego. Luckily the Padres’ farm system has been loaded up…

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Will the Padres Trade for Nick Ahmed?

March 17, 2017

In recent days, A.L. West foes, the Arizona Diamondbacks, have reportedly made shortstop, Nick Ahmed, available to other teams. After being basically pushed out of his starting role due to the off-season additions of Ketel Marte and Daniel Descalso and the emergence of Ildemaro Vargas, the Diamondbacks have effectively put Ahmed on the “trade block”. The San Diego Padres have had interest in Ahmed in the past, and you can see…

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Padres Shortstop Search Could End with Detroit Tigers

March 11, 2017

As spring training evaluations and player and prospect(s) showcasing continues to narrow down competition for the San Diego Padres, they remain interested in upgrading their shortstop candidates. According to Jon Heyman of Fanragsports.com, the Padres are searching for a shortstop, and he notes that their preference would be a player that is controlled beyond 2017. The Padres have, of course, signed Erick Aybar to a minor league deal, but his…

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Update on the Padres Shortstop Situation

March 8, 2017

  The Padres’ difficulty in finding even an average MLB shortstop has been well-documented in recent years. It seems like it has been a haunted position for the Padres for the past decade, sans a few seasons (2007 with Khalil Greene, 2013 with Everth Cabrera). Entering spring training, Luis Sardinas was obviously a clear favorite to be the Padres’ everyday shortstop in 2017. Three weeks and eleven games in, that has…

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Luis Urias May be a Long Shot at Shortstop for Padres

February 23, 2017

With spring training in full swing, the excitement builds, as the Padres begin to piece together their opening day roster. The task of narrowing down the field is at hand. It seems like the only two players that have their starting roles locked down at this point are Wil Myers at first and Austin Hedges at catcher. As the weeks unfold, position battles will give birth to numerous story lines…

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Prospect Watch: 2017 is a Big Season for Javier Guerra

February 17, 2017

  After what has been a rough couple of years as a San Diego Padres fan, the Padres finally have some real hope for the future. With a flurry of trades and big time international signings, the Padres have turned one of the worst farm systems in all of baseball into one of the game’s deepest. On top of that, many Padres prospects had successful 2016 seasons, which gave the…

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Erick Aybar Signs Minor League Deal with Padres

February 7, 2017

The San Diego Padres are in the need of a shortstop, and they have needed one for a while. With no disrespect to Luis Sardinas, who is currently the starting shortstop, the team could definitely use some help. Apparently help is on the way, as the team has inked veteran Erick Aybar to a minor league deal. Sources: Erick Aybar has signed a minor league deal with the San Diego…

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Tigers’ Jose Iglesias an Option for Padres at SS?

December 9, 2016

For the longest time, the San Diego Padres have struggled to possess an everyday shortstop, a player that you can count on day in and day out. Everth Cabrera made an effort to be that person, and had a decent run at the position, but off-field issues and drug dependency ended that real quick. Some would argue that the San Diego Padres haven’t had a decent shortstop since Khalil Greene….

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Is Luis Sardinas the Starting Shortstop in 2017?

November 30, 2016

The 2016 San Diego Padres failed to post a winning record, going 68-94, and again finished in last place in the competitive N.L. West. As frustrating as it was, there was some young talent that showed the positive future for the Padres. One young player in particular is shortstop Luis Sardinas. Acquired from the Seattle Mariners for a player to be named later, Sardinas had been on A.J. Preller’s radar…

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Padres’ Luis Sardinas Finally Getting His Chance

September 11, 2016

So it’s been another rough season for the San Diego Padres. It’s fair to wonder if the current front office will be able to guide the franchise out of obscurity and into a playoff race anytime soon. What would be unfair, though, is to say this is just the “same ole same ole” and a repeat of what the past Padres front offices have done. If there is a trade…

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