Reaction to FanGraph’s Season Projections for the Padres

March 15, 2018

Before we dive into projections, we need to define the difference between projections and predictions.  A prediction is a forecast with high confidence in a specific outcome. A projection is an array of predictions leading to a mean value of outcomes, basically a projection is a grouping of predictions. Projections are often wrong and usually don’t mean much, but we all read into them anyway, as I am about to…


Highlighting the Padres’ Bullpen Competition

March 15, 2018

Back in the glory days, when the Padres were a competitive playoff team, San Diego was home to one of the strongest bullpens in the league. With the young arms currently on the roster, the bullpen is in a perfect position to recreate the dominance they once held. Opening day is quickly approaching and Andy Green’s team has around 10 to 11 pitchers competing for seven or eight bullpen spots….


2018 San Diego Padres’ Bullpen Will Bring the Funk

March 11, 2018

The game of baseball is an ever-evolving sport. There are numerous changes in the philosophy and ideals within the game. The analytics period is upon us now in which every statistic is absorbed by the baseball fan and by the front office. Every single factor of the game is used by a team in order to gain a statistical advantage over their opponent. In this new era of the game,…


Padres’ Starting Pitching Prospects Could Succeed in the Bullpen

February 13, 2018

Let’s be real here. Not 100% of the Padres’ top prospects will work out like we think. We all picture Mackenzie Gore as the team ace before 2021. We all expect Fernando Tatis Jr. and Luis Urias to be a double play combo for the next decade in San Diego. Cal Quantrill will be a top-of-the-rotation guy. Michel Baez, the next Luis Tiant. It just doesn’t always work out how…


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…


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…


MLB Hot Stove About to Ignite and Padres Should be Front & Center

January 2, 2018

It is the first week of January and the MLB winter has been eerily quiet. Only one of the top 10 listed free agents have signed, and very little has happened among the trade market. Sure, Giancarlo Stanton was dealt to the Yankees, but there is still much to do for most major league teams that plan on competing in 2018. The Padres have as much work to do as anybody,…


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…


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,…


What Would It Take for the Padres to Acquire Gleyber Torres?

November 27, 2017

The hole at the shortstop position for the San Diego Padres is larger than the Grand Canyon itself. Well, at least it certainly feels that way if you have rooted for this franchise in recent memory. For seemingly ever, the Padres have lacked any consistency at one of the most vital positions in all of baseball. Guys like Alexei Ramirez, Alexi Amarista, Clint Barmes, and Erick Aybar have manned short…


If Brad Hand is Dealt, What are the Closing Options for the Padres?

November 19, 2017

There are plenty of rumors swirling that the San Diego Padres will soon be seriously entertaining offers for closer Brad Hand. Without a doubt, the team will be fielding calls in a constant effort to get better. The effort to improve starts with the minor league system, and if dealing Brad Hand can bring in more prospects, then the team will surely pull the trigger. A.J. Preller has already indicated…