Christian Villanueva Forcing the Padres’ Hand

March 6, 2018

Spring training has been fun for the Padres and their fans so far. The young talent has been on full display, with some surprising developments, one of them being third baseman Christian Villanueva. After his hot September last season when he hit .344 with four home runs in 12 games, fans started to wonder where this guy came from. First of all, he came from Mexico. Guadalajara, to be exact….


So Long, Hermano (A Goodbye to Yangervis Solarte)

January 8, 2018

The San Diego Padres traded the beloved Yangervis Solarte on Saturday to the Toronto Blue Jays for two prospects. The move was not a surprise, as the Pads have a backlog at second and third base stretching from here to El Paso, and our two best non-pitching prospects, Fernando Tatis Jr. and Luis Urias, play SS/3B and 2B, respectively, and they could easily be here by late 2018 or the…


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…


Padres Trade Yangervis Solarte, Clear Up Infield Logjam

January 6, 2018

The San Diego Padres made a move to alleviate some pressure off of their infield logjam by trading Yangervis Solarte to the Toronto Blue Jays, as reported by Jeff Passan. San Diego will receive outfield prospect Edward Olivares as well as minor league right-handed pitcher Jared Carkuff. Solarte was immediately put on the trade block after the Padres moved to acquire Chase Headley and Bryan Mitchell from the Yankees as the infield…


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,…


Padres in Negotiations on Trade of Headley and Solarte

December 13, 2017

A.J. Preller is a man on a mission. His ultimate duty is to improve a franchise that has been neglected for a long time. He is well on his way to accomplishing his mission as the Padres’ farm system is one of the best in all of baseball. The team also has some decent young major league talent, and reportedly also has money to spend. Things are about to get…


Padres Have Options at 2B/3B in 2018, But Who Will Start?

December 8, 2017

The Padres ended 2017 with four players on the roster that are capable of playing second base regularly for the team. Those four players include Yangervis Solarte, Cory Spangenberg, Carlos Asuaje, and Jose Pirela. For the 2018 season, only three of those players will be in discussions of playing second base. The exclusion being Pirela, as he solidified himself with a solid 2017 campaign in the outfield. On top of…


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,…


The Los Angeles Angels’ Quest for a Second Baseman Could End in San Diego

November 28, 2017

As the San Diego Padres formulated their farm system, they signed and drafted a huge amount of shortstops. The Padres have lacked a true shortstop for a long time and this is certainly not a secret. The issue is, when you sign teenagers, they get larger, and more often than not grow out of the position you ideally think they can man at the highest level of professional baseball. From…


PNO (Positive, Negative Outlook): Yangervis Solarte

November 8, 2017

Ever since he was acquired in the 2014 trade for Chase Headley, Yangervis Solarte has been nothing short of consistent. After coming into training camp in 2015 as a super-utility infielder, Solarte has taken hold of a starting job in the infield thanks to his consistent bat and positive leadership ability. However, Solarte comes into the 2018 season with some question marks. His normal spots in the infield are taken…


Can Yangervis Solarte Play Shortstop Every Day for the Padres?

November 5, 2017

Defense wins championships. It’s a simple saying that sports fans around the world hear quite often. Its meaning? A solid defensive core of players can put any team in contention to win a championship, even when that particular team lacks a strong offense. Of the seven fielders that the pitcher has behind his back, one could argue that none is more important than the shortstop. Often regarded as the captain…


The Trade Stove is About to Heat Up for Padres

October 28, 2017

As the World Series comes to a conclusion, it is certainly inevitable that the San Diego Padres will begin fielding calls on their players. General manager A.J. Preller is a mover and a shaker, and is not shy about potentially improving his team. The Padres are on an upswing. Those with baseball knowledge recognize the fact that the team has stockpiled prospects at virtually every position. The present nucleus of…