Padres News: Derek Norris Showing Early Team Leadership

April 10, 2015

The game which ended in a loss for the San Diego Padres had a positive outcome in my eyes. Never mind the fact the offense seemed reminiscent of the 2014 team. Forget Jedd Gyorko grounded into two rally killing double plays. Forget that Bud Black again failed to advance runners over with less than two outs with a bunt sign. Do recall and remember the type of leadership shown by…

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Padres Editorial: Bud Black Needs to Win Now

April 9, 2015

Even though the San Diego Padres have just wrapped up their first series in the 2015 season, the pressure on Bud Black to win has never been more evident. He has never been under this much scrutiny, as the Padres have never been expected to perform like they are expected this year. Team that with the fact it is his last year under contract with the Padres and we have…

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Padres Rumors: Bullpen Depth Will Lead to Another Trade

April 8, 2015

With both Kevin Quackenbush and Brandon Maurer pitching in triple-A El Paso, the San Diego Padres bullpen is stacked. The last-minute acquisitions of Craig Kimbrel, has overflowed the Padres bullpen. Overflowed, is a good thing however. Quackenbush and Maurer were sent down simply because they have minor league options left. Both pitchers were roughed up a bit in the spring too, but on another team they would easily make the…

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Padres Rumors: Is Starlin Castro the Answer for Padres at Shortstop?

April 7, 2015

The San Diego Padres have increased their credibility with all the offensive upgrades they made this off-season. The teams outfield consisting of Justin Upton, Matt Kemp and Wil Myers is arguably one of the best in the league. Those three are expected to provide a lot of offensive fire power to a team that was lacking any kind of offense last year. All though A.J. Preller has addressed many needs…

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Padres News: What Craig Kimbrel Brings to the Padres

April 7, 2015

A.J. Preller is the absolute man, and San Diego Padres fans are still in shock from the acquisition of Craig Kimbrel from the Atlanta Braves. Twitterverse went absolutely crazy when the deal was announced. I was lucky enough to be on Twitter at the time, and the reaction of some of the Padres fans was priceless. Most fans were speculating a move due to the fact the Padres had not…

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Padres Rumors: A.J. Preller on the Prowl For a Shortstop?

April 7, 2015

The San Diego Padres dramatic deal on the eve of opening day was something the baseball community immediately took notice to. The Padres are in it to win, and the team is upgrading at almost every position. These two tweets surfaced Tuesday morning regarding the Padres potential interest in a shortstop. Bob Nightengale of USA TODAY sports brings us the tweets. When I see this, it make me excited to…

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Padres Editorial: Should Padres sign Upton Long-Term?

April 6, 2015

With all the changes to the San Diego Padres roster, none is bigger than the addition of Justin Upton from the Atlanta Braves. Max Fried, Dustin Peterson, Mallex Smith and Jace Peterson were moved to the Braves in return for Upton and low minor league prospect Aaron Northcraft. In fact when James Shields signed with the Padres, Northcraft was designated for assignment. He eventually cleared waivers and is in the…

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Padres News: Amarista at Shortstop

April 6, 2015

The overhauled San Diego Padres are ready to compete in a tough National League West division. The additions of Matt Kemp, Justin Upton, Wil Myers, Derek Norris, Will Middlebrooks, Shawn Kelley, Brandon Morrow, Brandon Maurer, Jose Valverde and James Shields bring a lot of potential to the roster. With all those additions, and the subtraction of Everth Cabrera to the Baltimore Orioles, a hole has emerged at short stop position….

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Padres Editorial: What James Shields Brings to the Padres

April 6, 2015

With the addition of James Shields to an already competent starting rotation, the San Diego Padres have legitimate playoff aspirations this season. Shields brings a swagger and bulldog-like mentality that will surely translate well in Padres blue. The fact that Andrew Cashner, Tyson Ross and Ian Kennedy are all right-handed and have similar stuff to Shields, makes the newly acquired ace a perfect mentor to them. Upon signing his contract…

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Padres Editorial: Wil Myers in Center Field

April 6, 2015

With the multiple additions this past off-season, the San Diego Padres have many defensive questions to be answered. Can Wil Myers handle everyday duties in centerfield, at the spacious Petco Park? With Justin Upton and Matt Kemp locked in the corner outfield spots, Myers needs to play an adequate center in order to stay in the lineup. Is he capable of playing adequately in center? So far this spring Wil…

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Padres News: Team Chemistry Needed to Succeed

April 6, 2015

With all the new faces in the San Diego Padres locker room, there is sure to be some rumblings about chemistry or the lack there of. Matt Kemp comes over from the Los Angeles Dodgers with a less than stellar reputation in the locker room. The six outfielders, for only three spots is also a likely cause for any distractions, if there could be any. With all that being said,…

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Padres News: Padres Need of a Backup Catcher

April 6, 2015

With all due respect to Wil Nieves, the San Diego Padres are in need of a back-up catcher to start the 2015 season. Tim Federowicz was scheduled to be the man, but he injured his right knee and had to have arthroscopic knee surgery. A complete tear of his lateral meniscus was his final diagnosis. Federowicz will be sidelined until the All-Star break, at the earliest. Tuesday morning Austin Hedges…

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