Buddy Reed, Former 3-Sport Athlete Hopeful to Make Padres One Day

January 20, 2018

The San Diego Padres added a unique player to their presently loaded minor league system in the 2016 MLB Draft, known for much more than his name. Michael “Buddy” Reed is the definition of a pure athlete. He never even thought of playing the game of baseball until high school. The San Diego Padres signed Buddy Reed with the 48th pick in the second round of the 2016 MLB Draft….


Current Notes on “Trusting the Process”

January 19, 2018

There’s no denying that this off-season has left much to be desired – not only regarding the Padres, but across Major League Baseball. While actual transactions have seemed to be lacking, grandiose rumors have taken the city of San Diego by storm. At this point,the team may just enter into spring training without making any major moves. To some fans this would be a bad thing. Others will take a…


Ending the Concept of “Padres University”

January 16, 2018

The Padres’ franchise has always had trouble when it comes to developing a sense of tradition and cultivating a winning philosophy. There are many reasons why the team has failed to become relevant in Major League Baseball over the years. Among the issues is the franchise’s failure to keep their own cultivated talent (whether they were acquired via trade or homegrown) and build a winning team around them. That’s the…


Extending a (Brad) Hand: Reliever to Remain a Friar Through 2020

January 13, 2018

  Long live the Hand puns. Reports from Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic and Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports broke news today of a three-year contract extension for San Diego Padres reliever Brad Hand. The deal will keep the left-hander in San Diego through the 2020 season with a club option for 2021, and is reportedly worth $19.75 million in guaranteed money. The extension offers a degree of stability to…


Why Eric Hosmer Really Isn’t That Bad

January 12, 2018

Ever since Dennis Lin reported on the Padres potential interest in former Royals first-baseman Eric Hosmer, the team’s fanbase (and more specifically Padres twitter) has been noticeably divided. Friends have become enemies and enemies have reached mutual understandings with one another as many camps have discussed the potential signing of the free agent 1st baseman. Hosmer’s weaknesses have been well documented, but this writer is here to convince Padres fans…


Padres Should Remain Stingy Ahead of 2018 Season

January 11, 2018

The San Diego Padres have been building up their farm system ever since their failed spending spree before the 2015 season. While Preller was responsible for the fiasco that was 2015, he has quickly built the farm back up to be one of the best in baseball yet again. Unfortunately, with continual failure as the staple of San Diego sports, patience is hard to come by for San Diego fans….


What Do Recent Bullpen Moves Mean for Brad Hand?

January 9, 2018

The Padres have made a few moves to bolster their bullpen in the past few days. Craig Stammen, who made 60 appearances for the Padres last season, is back on a two-year, $4.5 million contract. This is a welcome move for a Padres’ bullpen that is littered with young, unproven arms. Stammen will be 34 years old when the season starts. The Friars parted ways with Kevin Quackenbush earlier in…


The Best and Worst of the A.J. Preller Era

January 7, 2018

A.J. Preller has been the Padres’ general manager for over three years. When I say there have been ups and downs, that is a severe understatement. He made a statement almost right away, in his first offseason, before the 2015 season. This offseason has been a lot quieter. We are still waiting on the fate of players like Brad Hand and Yangervis Solarte and also awaiting Eric Hosmer’s decision of…


Future Friars: Scouting the Return From the Yangervis Solarte Trade

January 6, 2018

This afternoon, it was announced that the San Diego Padres had dealt incumbent infielder and widespread fan favorite Yangervis Solarte to the Toronto Blue Jays. The return: a pair of prospects with upside in outfielder Edward Olivares and right-handed reliever Jared Carkuff.   I had a couple of thoughts when news of the trade (and, shortly after, the return) first broke: Man, I’m really going to miss Yangervis Solarte. Who…


A Better Fit Than Eric Hosmer?

January 6, 2018

As the calendar has turned from December to January, and a new year has begun, left-handed-hitting first baseman Eric Hosmer still dominates headlines as his free agency continues. At this moment, Padres’ Twitter continues to tear itself apart with arguments over whether or not signing Hosmer is worth it, and justifications abound on both sides. The cases for and against Eric Hosmer are clear at this point, but let’s reiterate…


5 Reason Why the Padres Should NOT Sign Eric Hosmer

January 5, 2018

The San Diego Padres might sign free agent first baseman Eric Hosmer. It’s easy to see why San Diego fans are excited about the possibility: he’s young (28), has already played for a World Champion—the 2015 Royals, hits for power, plays solid defense, and is a clubhouse leader. According to USA Today, the Padres have already offered Hosmer a seven-year contract, worth roughly $20 million per year. But here is…


Updated Padres’ Rotation Battle: Currently Eight Starters Battling for Two Spots

January 4, 2018

General manager A.J. Preller hasn’t made any major free agent pitcher signings since the offseason began. Although, before the season ended, Clayton Richard was signed to a two-year extension worth $6 million through the 2019 season. The Padres’ management stated Richard would get a spot in the rotation to start the 2018 season, but wouldn’t be guaranteed the spot if he isn’t performing well enough. Other notable minor offseason signings…