Padres Editorial: Does an Ian Desmond signing make sense?

January 4, 2016

The first viable report of the San Diego Padres and free agent shortstop Ian Desmond talking contract have surfaced. The Padres are kicking the tires on the slugging shortstop but it is clear the team is still very weary of signing the right handed hitter. Desmond would give the team an offensive boost, but is the right fit for the team? Desmond’s numbers have been on a slow decline. Both…

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San Diego Padres Prospect Spotlight: Nick Torres

January 4, 2016

In the first of a new weekly series here at East Village Times, Patrick Brewer puts the spotlight on Padres outfield prospect Nick Torres. With names like Travis Jankowski, Hunter Renfroe and Manuel Margot at the top of Padres prospects lists, it is hard to overlook other outfield talents. One such talent is outfielder Nick Torres. Coming in at #29 on the Padres top prospect list according to MLB Pipeline,…

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Padres Special: Padres Strange Outfield History (One Year Wonders)

January 3, 2016

** We would first like to thank Bill Center for the information he helped provide in researching this piece. Mr. Center is a true San Diego sports icon and we feel very blessed to have worked briefly with him on this piece. Thank you Mr. Center and a tip of the cap to you. The San Diego Padres have had a strange history in the outfield position over the years….

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Padres Rumors: Could Domonic Brown be an option for Padres?

January 2, 2016

The San Diego Padres 2015 season did not happen the way A.J. Preller and team management drew it up. The team failed to play with any sort of cohesiveness and in the end the lack of balance in the lineup was a direct downfall for the team. Adding Matt Kemp, Justin Upton, Wil Myers, Derek Norris, Will Middlebrooks and Melvin Upton Jr. made the Padres extremely right handed heavy in…

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Padres Editorial: Is Trevor Hoffman A Hall-of-Famer?

January 2, 2016

As the calendar turns to January, marking the start of a new year, the 2016 Hall of Fame class is coming into clearer focus. With names like Roger Clemens, Ken Griffey Jr , Barry Bonds, Mike Piazza, Jeff Bagwell, and others filling the ballot, there is no shortage of names to select from this year. While most years have at least one candidate who seems to be a shoo in,…

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Padres News: Will Padres Sign a Major Free Agent?

January 1, 2016

The San Diego Padres have yet to open up the pocketbook and spend any money this winter. Sure the team signed left-handed pitcher Buddy Baumann from the Royals, but the lifelong minor leaguer is not a big name by any means. Baumann has never appeared in a major league game yet the Padres guaranteed him a major league pay check. An interesting story. The team has been active contrary to what…

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Padres News: Taking a Closer Look at Jabari Blash

January 1, 2016

On December 2nd, the Padres made a trade with the Oakland Athletics, sending 1B Yonder Alonso and LHP Marc Rzepczynski to the A’s in return for LHP Drew Pomeranz, prospect Jose Torres and a player to be named later. On December 10th, that trade was made complete when the Oakland Athletics selected prospect Jabari Blash from the Seattle Mariners in the Rule 5 Draft, and turned around and sent him…

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Padres Special: San Diego Padres New Years Resolutions

December 31, 2015

Another year, another losing season in San Diego. Despite an offseason filled with a flurry of moves, the Padres once again finished outside of the playoff picture. Going into 2016, expectations are still high for the San Diego Padres, yet slightly more tempered. While it may be farfetched to think the Padres are a playoff team as currently constituted, as a whole they aren’t that far off in the future. Despite…

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Padres News: Can Blake Smith and Josh Martin Make the Padres Opening Day Bullpen?

December 30, 2015

As the calendar nears January, the baseball season is truly just around the corner. For the San Diego Padres, there is still a lot of work to do before the 2016 season begins. While the Padres have holes to fill all around the diamond, with question marks at a variety of positions, one group stands out for the uncertainty attached. That group would be the Padres bullpen. As I profiled…

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Padres News: Padres Exploring Alexei Ramirez on Short Term Deal

December 30, 2015

There are whispers that the Chicago White Sox are interested in retaining Alexei Ramirez as their starting shortstop. The team denied a $10 million dollar option on the infielder for the 2016 season, but it appears the White Sox still have some interest in still re-signing him. A.J. Preller and the San Diego Padres have known to be interested in Ramirez on a short-term deal as well. The Padres have…

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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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Padres Editorial: Can Luis Perdomo Make the Padres Opening Day Rotation?

December 29, 2015

Barring another major trade, the front of the Padres 2016 rotation will include James Shields, Tyson Ross, and Andrew Cashner. Beyond those three, it is really anybody’s guess. In terms of options, the Padres have no shortage of those, including Robbie Erlin, Colin Rea, Brandon Morrow, Drew Pomeranz, Odrisamer Despaigne, Buddy Baumann and even possibly Brandon Maurer. One name not mentioned, who perhaps is the most interesting option of all,…

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