The Trade Stove is About to Heat Up for Padres

October 28, 2017

As the World Series comes to a conclusion, it is certainly inevitable that the San Diego Padres will begin fielding calls on their players. General manager A.J. Preller is a mover and a shaker, and is not shy about potentially improving his team. The Padres are on an upswing. Those with baseball knowledge recognize the fact that the team has stockpiled prospects at virtually every position. The present nucleus of…

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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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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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Trading Jhoulys Chacin

July 30, 2017

  The trade deadline is tomorrow, and it is more than likely the Padres will strike and make at least a few moves before the clock strikes 1 PM on July 31st. Brad Hand, Kirby Yates, Jose Torres, Yangervis Solarte, heck, even Clayton Richard all seem to have been the subject of at least a few phone calls in the past month or so. Then, there is Jhoulys Chacin. Chacin’s…

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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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The Padres-Royals Deal Makes the Friars Better and Here’s Why

July 28, 2017

Monday morning the Padres struck a deal with the Kansas City Royals. The Friars sent over Trevor Cahill, Brandon Maurer, and Ryan Buchter and bring in Travis Wood, Matt Strahm, and rookie ball infielder Esteury Ruiz. Friar fans all over the Twitter-sphere have blown up about this trade, making it seem like A.J. Preller dropped the ball with this one. Now that we’ve had a couple of days to read up…

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Sonny Gray Trade Talk: Padres Wasting Valuable Time on a Valuable Asset

July 28, 2017

Sonny Gray has all the makings of a top midsummer addition. There’s his performance so far this season, 97 innings of 3.43 ERA baseball with nearly a strikeout per inning and backed by peripherals that point more towards another step forward than they do towards significant regression. His numbers across the board represent either a return or an improvement to his Cy Young-worthy campaigns of seasons past. There’s his age,…

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Padres Trade Rumors: A Landing Spot for Clayton Richard?

July 27, 2017

Trades, Trades, Trades. With less than a week to go before the 2017 trade deadline, serious MLB fans are checking their phones constantly so as not to miss the latest updates. The San Diego Padres have long been expected to be one of the major selling teams on the market this season as they stand far away from contention and completely focused on the future. Like a whirlwind that blew…

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A Brief Glimpse at Matt Strahm & Esteury Ruiz

July 25, 2017

After a rather quiet start to the Padres’ trade deadline season, things have finally picked up, as the Padres made a move that sent right-handed pitchers Brandon Maurer and Trevor Cahill, in addition to left-handed pitcher Ryan Buchter, to Kansas City in exchange for left-handers Travis Wood and Matt Strahm, as well as 18-year-old rookie ball prospect Esteury Ruiz. While Wood is somewhat of a known commodity, Strahm and Ruiz…

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Maurer, Buchter and Cahill Dealt to Royals for Travis Wood & Prospects

July 24, 2017

We all knew the San Diego Padres were going to make moves. On Monday, the first of seemingly several trades happened. A.J. Preller started dismantling the bullpen by sending Ryan Buchter and Brandon Maurer to the Royals. They also traded Trevor Cahill to Kansas City in the deal. What did the Padres receive in return? They acquired veteran left-handed pitcher Travis Wood along with prospects Matt Strahm and Esteury Ruiz….

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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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