The Padres’ Habit of Trading Closers Mid-Season

July 23, 2018

Brad Hand is gone. He has been sent to Cleveland and once again the Padres need a mid-season replacement for their closer. The Padres, and their fans, are certainly used to this situation. This marks the fourth time in five years the Padres have traded their closers in the middle of the season. In 2017, before Hand emerged as one of the best closers in the game, he was one…

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Further Analyzing the Brad Hand/Francisco Mejia Trade

July 19, 2018

Thursday morning, news broke that the Padres had traded Brad Hand, along with sidearming righty Adam Cimber, to the Cleveland Indians for their top prospect Francisco Mejia. In analyzing this trade, first of all, let’s talk about what the team is losing before anything else. The Padres have traded their closer, along with one of their more valuable relievers. Hand was set to be under team control through 2021 on…

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Padres trade Brad Hand to Cleveland for Francisco Mejia

July 19, 2018

The Cleveland Indians and San Diego Padres agreed to a trade involving left-handed relief pitcher Brad Hand on July 19, according to Ken Rosenthal. Rosenthal tweeted that Brad Hand and right-handed relief pitcher Adam Cimber both are headed to Cleveland, who has been looking to improve their bullpen ahead of the July 31 trade deadline. In return, the Padres acquired Francisco Mejia. Complete deal, per sources: Hand and Cimber from…

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Chicago Cubs Checking in on Padres’ Brad Hand

July 16, 2018

Bruce Levine of 670 The Score is reporting that the Chicago Cubs have checked in on the Padres’ Brad Hand. The Cubs just finished off a three-game sweep of the San Diego Padres this weekend at Petco Park. In the series Hand blew a save in the ninth with two outs, but Chicago still surely recognizes the value of the left-hander. Brandon Morrow is doing a solid job as the…

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According to Joel Sherman, Padres & Yankees Talking Trade

July 15, 2018

In a report that just came out from MLB Trade Rumors, Joel Sherman reports that the San Diego Padres and NY Yankees are talking trade. Apparently the Yankees are kicking the tires on Brad Hand, Kirby Yates and Tyson Ross. The Bombers are in the need of some pitching help and that just happens to be one of the few strengths on the Padres team. There is no doubt that…

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How Might Yankees & Padres Line-up in a Potential Hand Deal?

July 9, 2018

As the trading deadline approaches the San Diego Padres’ most coveted trade piece has begun to draw interest from a team that has the 6th best farm system in all of baseball, according to MLB Pipeline. The Padres’ left-handed relief ace has continued his career resurgence as a Friar, sporting a career-high 35.3 percent strikeout rate across 41.1 innings pitched in 2018 while also experiencing a one mph increase in…

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Could the Cleveland Indians be Suitors for Brad Hand?

July 7, 2018

As the calendar turns to July, trade rumors begin to heat up, and the trade season is officially upon us. Undoubtedly the San Diego Padres will be at the forefront of said rumors all the way through the trade deadline. The Padres’ most coveted trade asset and spoken about player has been Brad Hand. Ever since being claimed off of waivers from the Marlins in 2016, Hand has been nothing…

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Five Things We Have Learned About the Padres This Season

June 29, 2018

We are just over halfway through the 2018 season, as the Padres finished up their 83rd game on Wednesday and now sit at 36-47. They just finished up a tough stretch of 17 road games out of 19 and have lost 9 of 11. There are some positives to take out of this progressing, young team. We have learned a lot about this team so far and there is still…

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Next Month Critical for Brad Hand and Padres

June 28, 2018

Brad Hand has hit a bit of a rough patch in June. He’s been touched up to the tune of five runs in his past four outings, including a pair of blown saves against Oakland and San Francisco. His ERA has risen from 1.78 to 2.82 in only 11 days. This recent performance has undoubtedly complicated an already-complex situation regarding his future with the ballclub. Hand’s body of work in…

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Could Padres & Indians Be Trade Partners Next Month?

June 11, 2018

The calendar has turned to June, and we are getting closer to one of the most exciting parts of the Major League Baseball season — the July 31 trade deadline. The Padres are likely to have some players on the trading block as the season moves closer to the last day in July. Specifically, they will have some pitchers on the trading block. Two of those pitchers could very well…

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An Early Padres’ Trade Deadline Preview

June 7, 2018

With the rebuild fully underway, the San Diego Padres are in the midst of yet another noncompetitive season. Despite the overall record at this point, the 25 man roster does still have several guys turning in solid performances who could be had by teams in the playoff hunt come the July 31st trade deadline. We’ll take a look at those names and some potential trade partners that could arise over…

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Padres Squeeze Braves 3-1 to Take Series

June 6, 2018

Petco Park, San Diego The San Diego Padres have been playing some very solid baseball and rebounded nicely after a 14-1 drubbing at the hands of the Atlanta Braves. On a bullpen day, Andy Green utilized his chess pieces perfectly as Matt Strahm and four other relievers combined to give up one run on four hits. The start of the game began just like the last one; with a Freddie…

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