Are Padres Deviating From Their Own Process?

February 17, 2018

The Padres front office has assured fans that the team will become a contender in the not so distant future, with estimates of a timeline for that goal ranging from 2020 to 2022. However, multiple sources indicate that the team has reconnected with free agent first baseman Eric Hosmer and has added Tampa Bay Rays pitcher Chris Archer to its wish list. Do the Padres’ brass actually think the team…

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Checking in on the National League West

February 14, 2018

Last year, the National League West had the best winning percentage in all of baseball at .517 and sent three teams (the Dodgers, Diamondbacks, and Rockies) to the playoffs. Los Angeles made it all the way to the World Series and lost in the seventh game. The Padres avoided last place thanks to the Giants’ very uncharacteristic 64-98 record, but San Francisco has regrouped and added help from outside the…

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The Padres Must Fill Void Left By Chargers

February 8, 2018

When the Chargers fled for Los Angeles, the team left behind a mountain of ill will and created a huge void in the professional sporting landscape. San Diego now has only one major league professional team, the Padres. Two NBA teams (the San Diego Rockets and San Diego Clippers) left the city. As did the Bolts, last year, after more than 55 years in the city. The remaining pro team…

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The MLB Hot Stove is Currently as Cold as Ice

February 4, 2018

Now that the calendar has turned to February, scattered mutterings about the glacially slow free-agent market have become louder and more widespread. Pitchers and catchers report to spring training camps as early as Feb. 12, with position players arriving a couple of days later. Most teams have scheduled full squad workouts for Monday, Feb. 19. Although a number of free agents (Matt Adams, Yonder Alonso, and Wade Davis) have signed…

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Dave Cameron Leaves FanGraphs for… the Padres

January 31, 2018

In September of 2016, Dave Cameron wrote an article entitled “It Feels Like the Padres Got Off Easy” on the website FanGraphs. He referenced A.J. Preller’s suspension for withholding medical data in trade discussions and made it clear he considered the team’s excuse that it was an accident “laughably unbelievable.” Thus the announcement earlier this month that Cameron will join Preller in the front office comes as a bit of…

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Clayton Richard’s True Value to the Padres

January 22, 2018

Clayton Richard first arrived in San Diego thanks to one of the most reviled trades in Padres’ history. Symbolic of the penny-pinching Jeff Moorad era, the Padres sent homegrown ace Jake Peavy to the Chicago White Sox at the trade deadline in 2009 in exchange for Richard, Aaron Poreda, Dexter Carter, and Adam Russell. Drafted by the Padres in 1999 in the 15th round, Peavy made his debut on June…

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Predictions for the San Diego Padres’ 2018 Season

January 18, 2018

At the end of the 2017 season, Ron Fowler, executive chairman for the Padres, told Dan Sileo in an interview on the Mighty 1090: “It pains me to say this, but 81-81 is very reasonable for 2018.” Since the Padres won only 71 games in 2017, a 10-game improvement would definitely be a huge step in the right direction. However, other MLB prognosticators have quite a different view of how…

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