Padres EVT Podcast: Episode 74- The Ohtani Podcast

December 6, 2017

  We are down to the wire in the Ohtani sweepstakes. The last few days have been stressful for Padre fans, as the Japanese wonder has met with the team and is apparently weighing his options. The Padres are one of seven teams that he has chosen. Patrick and I had some time this evening, so we decided to throw together a little pod on Ohtani. We discuss the recent…

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Three Trades Happened On This Day in Padres History

December 6, 2017

It is rare that three significant trades happen for a major league franchise on the same date, but December 6th goes down in San Diego Padres history for just that reason. A total of 13 players exchanged hands on this date as the Padres attempted to improve their team on three different occasions. The Padres made these trades in 1985, 1989, and 1996 respectively, but each were significant in shaping the…

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This Day in Padres History: The Big Trade with Toronto

December 5, 2017

On this day in 1990, the San Diego Padres and Toronto Blue Jays made a trade that would change both franchises forever (but honestly, it was mostly the Blue Jays). Fred McGriff was coming off of a stellar season in 1990, with 35 home runs and a .300 batting average for Toronto. That was his third consecutive year with at least 34 home runs. Shortstop Tony Fernandez had been an…

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The Padres Have Money To Spend, But How Will They Spend It?

December 5, 2017

There is no doubt that the San Diego Padres have money to spend for the 2018 season. How and where they will spend that money is what is currently up for debate. Of course the team will sign some players, but they must do so with investments that are low-risk. In my opinion, they should not offer very many multi-year deals at this point, but must instead find undervalued players…

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Minnesota Twins Viable Candidate for a Brad Hand Trade with Padres

December 4, 2017

As the MLB Winter Meetings begin December 10 in Orlando, Florida, the name Brad Hand will surely come up. He is one of the best relievers available on the trade market and teams are conscious that A.J. Preller is not shy about pulling the trigger on a deal. You can link the prized left-handed pitcher to virtually any team that is in contention. From the Cubs and Yankees, to the Dodgers…

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Down on the Farm: Winter League Roundup- December 3

December 3, 2017

There were eight Padres in action on Sunday throughout the globe. The Australian Baseball League does not have games for a few days, but there was still plenty of news in other leagues. The Padres’ hitters were 2-21 on the day with 11 strikeouts (ouch). The three Padre’ hurlers did much better in their 2.1 innings pitched. Mexican Winter League Fernando Perez was 0-3 with two strikeouts. The infielder is…

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Padres Trusting the Process, Extend A.J. Preller

December 3, 2017

The San Diego Padres and general manager A.J. Preller have agreed on a contract extension through 2022. Originally hired to be the Padres’ GM in 2014, Preller’s original deal was for five years, taking him through the 2019 season. This new agreement extends Preller’s contract for three more years. Preller has spearheaded a rebuild in San Diego that has focused primarily on a “youth movement,” and building up the Friars’…

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Down on the Farm: Winter League Roundup- December 2

December 3, 2017

A grand total of eight Padres minor league players were in action on Saturday. Two games went in the books in the ABL. So that means plenty of at bats for Buddy Reed and Gabriel Arias. Australian Baseball League Buddy Reed went 3-8 combined in the two games with a double, two runs scored, two RBI, and a strikeout. The smooth-fielding center fielder is hitting .317 on the season for…

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San Diego Padres Organizational Review: Relief Pitchers

December 2, 2017

It’s common sense to never get excited about relief pitcher prospects, but the Padres have no shortage of relief pitchers who are of some interest. I never thought I would find myself writing about 13 relief pitcher prospects, but all are of some interest for the Padres moving forward. Without further ado, I present the Padres relief pitcher organizational review. Eric Yardley It’s probably smart to not get too excited…

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San Diego Padres Off-Season Simulation Results: Yes, We Traded Brad Hand

December 1, 2017

Disclaimer: All the moves discussed here were a simulation and do not contain any substance to the reality of the 2017-2018 offseason. No, we didn’t trade for Giancarlo Stanton or sign Shohei Ohtani. Writers from each of Major League Baseball’s 30 teams gathered together to do a full-scale offseason simulation for three days, including trades, free agent signings, releases, and much more. The San Diego Padres were a hot ticket,…

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PNO (Positive, Negative, Outlook): Travis Jankowski

December 1, 2017

The game of baseball has rapidly changed in the last few years. Today, most offenses prioritize power over contact. They look for run producers instead of contributors and hope that their big bats get on base enough to score runs off someone else’s hits. However, possessing at least one player who has lightning quick feet and Gold Glove-worthy defense is a must for clubs that hope to compete in playoff…

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