Padres News: Struggles with the Padres Bullpen are Coming

April 15, 2016

Struggles with the Padres bullpen are coming. Early in the 2015 season, the San Diego Padres looked like they finally turned their program around, and finally looked like a playoff team. With key additions like Matt Kemp, Derek Norris, Will Myers, James Shields, Justin Upton, and Craig Kimbrel, the Padres finally looked set. So they made the playoffs right? Not quite. The Padres finished with a 74-88 record, finished 4th…

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Padres News: Brandon Maurer a Starting Pitcher?

December 16, 2015

In what was a truly miserable season for the Padres in 2015, one of the lone bright spots for San Diego was in their bullpen. The back-end of the Padres bullpen was as good as ever, and was a force to be reckoned with, even when the rest of the team was not. Despite this success, A.J. Preller has already traded both Craig Kimbrel and Joaquin Benoit this offseason, leaving…

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Padres Editorial: Padres Clearing Salary to Make Run at a Free-Agent?

November 16, 2015

In the past few days the Padres have saved a ton of salary this year and beyond. With the trade of Joaquin Benoit and Craig Kimbrel the team has shed $18.75 million this season and $14.25 for the 2017 season. Losing both those relief pitchers will be rough for the team but each were making quite a bit of money. The Padres should be able to fill their roles with…

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Padres News: Brandon Maurer Poised to Be Closer of Future?

November 15, 2015

With the trade of Joaquin Benoit and Craig Kimbrel, the San Diego Padres find themselves with no proven closer. The team will most likely expect Brandon Maurer to step into the role. He is more than capable, but is still very raw as a Major League pitcher. Jon Edwards is another strong  possibility to close, but it is unknown if he is ready to perform at the Major League level….

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Padres News: Benoit Dealt to Mariners for Prospects

November 12, 2015

Well all eyes were on the San Diego Padres because of recent rumors swirling around Andrelton Simmons and the Braves. In true A.J. Preller fashion a deal was made, but the deal was with the Seattle Mariners as the Padres moved their setup man Joaquin Benoit for two prospects. This opens the door for Brandon Maurer to become the full-time 8th inning man for the Friars. Benoit had his $7.5…

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Padres News: Padres Exercise 2016 Option on Joaquin Benoit

November 4, 2015

The Padres will be bringing back Joaquin Benoit for the final year of his contract, the team announced on Tuesday. The Padres had a choice between exercising Benoit’s option or paying him a buyout and letting him become a free agent. Benoit had one million dollar buyout but the Padres chose instead to pay Benoit his full 7.5 million dollar salary for 2016. The Padres also announced that they have…

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Padres News: Kennedy & Benoit Put on Waivers by Padres

August 20, 2015

The San Diego Padres are presently evaluating talent for the next season and beyond. The team has dealt its longest tenured player Will Venable, and they appear ready to make a few more deals. Both Joaquin Benoit and Ian Kennedy were put on waivers, claimed by at least one other Major League team, then they were both pulled off waivers by the Padres. What this means is the Padres were…

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Padres Rumors: Yankees Heavily Scouting Padres Bullpen

July 27, 2015

Per a report by Jon Morosi the New York Yankees are heavily scouting the San Diego Padres. The report indicated the Padres bullpen as the Yankees main interest. Automatically everyone in the media assumes it is Craig Kimbrel they are interested in, but Joaquin Benoit might be a better fit for the team. Having Dellin Betances and Andrew Miller already at the back-end of the rotation already. The Padres also…

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Padres Editorial: Will the Team Hold Strong and Keep Everyone?

July 26, 2015

The recent comments of majority owner Ron Fowler indicate that the team is willing to hold off on any trades. By winning recently the team is once again on the fence on whether or not to start trading. The five impending free agents are sure to be at least shopped around to other teams. If the team intends to compete this year, they still need some upgrades. Most obvious is…

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Padres News: The Time is Now- Sell, Sell, Sell…

July 24, 2015

The San Diego Padres have under-performed all season long and the team has fallen too far out of contention to realistically come back. Even if the team were to have a major winning streak, its evident the team is still missing some major pieces to truly compete in a tough National League West division. Seeing the Padres on a daily basis you see the potential of the team but yet…

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Padres Rumors: Twins & Padres Discussing Potential Deal?

July 11, 2015

The Minnesota Twins are in the thick of a play-off race and the team is reportedly looking for bullpen help. The San Diego Padres have some key pitchers that could be attained via trade. Joaquin Benoit, Shawn Kelley, and even Craig Kimbrel could all be acquired by the Twins if they were to pay the Padres asking price. Ken Rosenthal of FoxSports writes that the Twins are targeting Benoit as…

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Padres Rumors: Which Padres Player is Getting Traded At the Deadline?

June 22, 2015

With the San Diego Padres continued mediocrity it seems more and more likely that some big changes will be coming to this team sooner rather than later. The trade deadline is always the perfect time for this kind of change. Come July, whether they want to be known as buyers or sellers, the Padres should, and most likely, will make at least one or two trades to either strengthen the…

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