San Diego Padres News
9-28-16: Paul Clemens threw five innings of one-run ball, as he won his fourth game of the season on Tuesday against the visiting Los Angeles Dodgers. Although San Diego’s bullpen allowed six walks, it threw four scoreless innings. The Padres will continue to try to prevent the Dodgers from getting home-field advantage in the final two games of the series.
9-12-16: The Padres had been struggling in September, but they bounced back with a split of their four-game series against the visiting Colorado Rockies. In Friday’s 14-1 win, Clayton Richard threw seven scoreless innings with eight strikeouts. Ryan Schimpf and Derek Norris each homered in the victory. In Saturday’s 6-3 victory, Christian Friedrich also threw seven scoreless innings, and he had 10 strikeouts.
8-30-16: The Padres won on both Saturday and Sunday, as they won their three-game series against the Marlins in Miami. Luis Perdomo threw a complete game in which he allowed just one run and induced a whopping six double plays. San Diego next heads to Atlanta and Los Angeles to take on the Braves and Dodgers before returning home.
8-22-16: The Padres bounced back from five straight losses to take three of four games from the visiting Arizona Diamondbacks. With the series victory, San Diego moved to two games above the Diamondbacks in the standings. On Sunday, Luis Perdomo threw seven innings with five strikeouts and allowed just one unearned run in the victory.
8-15-16: Alexei Ramirez broke up Steven Matz’s no-hitter in the eighth inning of Sunday’s rubber match at Citi Field, but the Padres scored just one run against the New York Mets in the 5-1 loss. San Diego’s road trip continues on Monday, as the team next heads to Tampa Bay to take on the Rays.
8-8-16: Since July 26, the Padres have alternated losses and wins. During the past week, the Padres’ offense was strong, as it produced nine and 12 runs in two different victories. Alex Dickerson and Ryan Schimpf homered in Sunday’s rubber match, but San Diego’s five runs were not enough, as they fell to the Philadelphia Phillies.
8-2-16: The Padres’ post-All-Star Game struggles continued this past week, as they dropped both of their series. San Diego’s offense did not perform well over the weekend, as the team combined for just four runs in the three contests. Adam Rosales’ solo home run won Saturday’s contest. The Padres also traded away Matt Kemp and Andrew Cashner and received Hector Olivera in separate deals.
7-26-16: The Padres bounced back from a four-game sweep at the hands of the St. Louis Cardinals at Busch Stadium to go to Nationals Park and win two of three games. On Sunday, each of the Padres’ three pinch-hitters struck out, but the team went 5-for-10 with runners in scoring position en route to a 10-6 victory over Washington. However, the Padres fell, 4-2, in Toronto on Monday.
7-19-16: The Padres shocked the baseball world over the weekend, as they swept the MLB-best San Francisco Giants. However, the Padres are not very happy when they have to face the St. Louis Cardinals this year because former Padre Jedd Gyorko has been destroying San Diego pitching. He continued to do so on Monday, as the Padres’ winning streak ended.
7-14-16: Petco Park hosted very enjoyable 2016 All-Star events, including an All-Star Game that was preceded by naming the National League batting title after late Hall of Famer Tony Gwynn. Although the Padres ended their pre-All-Star break schedule with three consecutive losses, Wil Myers recorded a hit and Drew Pomeranz threw a scoreless inning in the All-Star Game loss.
7-7-16: June’s National League Player of the Month Wil Myers, who hit 11 home runs in the month, continued his strong performance on Wednesday, as he went 3-for-5 with three runs scored. The Padres’ 13-run outburst in the rubber match victory also included two home runs from Ryan Schimpf and a home run from Yangervis Solarte.
6-28-16: After the Padres split their two-game series against the Baltimore Orioles, they headed from Maryland to Ohio to take on the Cincinnati Reds. San Diego won the first three games of the series, but dropped the final contest. Drew Pomeranz threw seven scoreless innings in Saturday’s victory. Although the Padres did not score in the series finale, they scored a combined 23 runs in the previous three contests.
6-21-16: The Padres, who had struggled mightily in mid-June, lost each of the first two games against the visiting Washington Nationals in their most recent series. Colin Rea and Drew Pomeranz pitched well on Saturday and Sunday, respectively, as the Padres outscored the Nationals, 13-6, and gained a split in the series.
9-29-15: The Padres collected just five hits on Sunday against the visiting Arizona Diamondbacks as San Diego dropped the rubber game, 4-2. In the bottom of the fifth inning, Travis Jankowski tripled in a run and Cory Spangenberg followed with a run-scored single to tie the game. However, San Diego could not get a lead all day on Sunday. The Padres begin their final homestand of 2015 on Tuesday against the Milwaukee Brewers.
9-25-15: The San Diego Padres heard the words this week that no team wants to hear from one of their star players, that they are frustrated with the team’s on the field performance. That player that expressed his frustration this week was All-Star closer Craig Kimbrel who expected more out of the revamped and re-tooled San Diego Padres this season. While Kimbrel didn’t mention it specifically you have to think he is at least somewhat frustrated with being offered in trades before the July 31st trading deadline as well and GM AJ Preller may look to trade Kimbrel once again this winter in order to help the team while rebuilding the farm system a bit. One thing that could help the Padres and keep Kimbrel happy is Jedd Gyorko’s development as a shortstop from the second base position. The move of Gyorko allowed the team to play Cory Spangenberg second base while attempting to get some value out of Gyorko’s contract and the experiment has worked to day in San Diego. Gyorko will not win a Gold Glove Award at shortstop anytime soon but he makes the routine plays, doesn’t looked overmatched and actually seems comfortable at his new position.
9-23-15: The Padres could not get a winning streak going after their off day on Monday, as they fell the following day against the visiting San Francisco Giants, 4-2. In Tuesday’s loss, there were three two-hit efforts by San Diego players, Yangervis Solarte, Cory Spangenberg and Brett Wallace. However, they accounted for the team’s only hits of the night.
9-18-15: The San Diego Padres went aggressive this offseason under new GM AJ Preller acquiring, signing and trading for many big names and big contracts but once again the team will find itself on the outside looking in at the postseason in the National League. San Diego, despite the spending spree, still has holes to plug this offseason which may lead them to sell of players like starting pitcher James Shields and closer Craig Kimbrel. The Padres asked for Jorge Mateo, a Top Five prospect inside the Yankees farm system, before the July 31st trade deadline so it may cost Brock Holt or a big named prospect for Boston to acquire Kimbrel after another strong season by the right-hander. The biggest hold up for Boston could be the fact that San Diego seems unlikely to reload and sell of major pieces this offseason but the Padres need help at third base, in the outfield and in the rotation so the club may need to trade from a position of power in order to fill those holes. Finding a trade partner for Shields may be tougher than finding one for Kimbrel as the Padres closer has a very team friendly contract while Shields has a contract that is extremely back-loaded and one that gets expensive after the 2015 season. Whether San Diego would be willing to eat some of the remaining salary owed to Shields to accommodate a deal remains to be seen but with Preller you can never count the idea out entirely.
9-15-15: James Shields threw seven innings of one-run ball with six strikeouts in Monday’s 10-3 victory against the Arizona Diamondbacks. San Diego scored in just two different innings in the win, but they were both five-run frames. Wil Myers led off the game with a home run, and he drove in four runs, as the Padres stopped their four-game losing streak.
9-11-15: The San Diego Padres are considering the pros and cons of completely rebuilding the team this winter or simply retooling while making another shot at a National League West Division title. The first decision the Padres will have to make is whether to extend a qualifying offer to free agent Ian Kennedy. Secondly the team will have to decide whether they feel confident enough in Melvin Upton Jr.’s 2015 season to give him a regular starting job in the outfield in 2016. The final and possibly the biggest decision facing the club this offseason is what to do with second baseman turned shortstop Jedd Gyorko. Gyorko is just 26-years old and is under team control for many years going forward despite struggling since signing his big extension with the club. Gyorko has come to life recently with the bat and has shown the team that he can at least handle the shortstop position which may help the team going forward.
9-7-15: The Padres fell for the fifth time in their last six games, as they lost to the Los Angeles Dodgers, 5-1, on Sunday. Jedd Gyorko accounted for the Padres’ only run, as he homered for the 13th time this season. San Diego hosts the Colorado Rockies on Labor Day as a part of a four-game series, which will end the Padres’ lengthy homestand.
9-4-15: The San Diego Padres started their week off by announcing their roster moves and September call ups this week. That list of players included Nick Vincent and Marcos Mateo who was activated off the 15 day disabled list on September 1st. Meanwhile the team also learned that right-handed pitcher Josh Johnson is finally ready for a rehab assignment after missing the entire 2015 season with elbow surgery. Johnson had the dreaded Tommy John surgery and was set to return to the mound this season before suffering many setbacks in his recovery. Johnson has not pitched in the Major Leagues since the 2012 season as a starting pitcher and is still just 31-years old. Johnson is now turning his focus and preparation into being a relief pitcher after his arm has proven time and time again recently that it cannot handle the grind that is a 35 start full Major League Baseball season. In Johnson’s last full season in the majors the right-hander posted a 3.81 ERA in 191.2 impressive innings pitched for the American League East’s Toronto Blue Jays.
8-31-15: On Sunday, James Shields won his 10th game of the season, as he threw seven innings of one-run ball with eight strikeouts in the Padres’ 9-4 victory over the Philadelphia Phillies. Matt Kemp, Justin Upton and Yangervis Solarte each homered, as San Diego avoided the sweep. The Padres next return home to host the Rangers, Dodgers and Rockies.
8-28-15: The San Diego Padres feel that recently acquired starting pitcher Bud Norris, who was since shifted to the bullpen, could be brought back to the team for the 2016 season. Norris is still young, 30 years old, before he hits free agency this winter and with his youth and versatility he could still garner some interest from outside the organization. The team could also bring back Brandon Morrow for the 2016 season after losing him to yet another shoulder injury without him throwing a single pitch in the Major Leagues this season. Norris was one of the few moves that San Diego did make before the July 31st trading deadline and may be the only significant move for the Padres all season long as the team is also unlikely to add anything during the month of August either. Many of the team’s potential trade chips were placed on revocable waivers and ultimately pulled back including Joaquin Benoit and Ian Kennedy. San Diego could place these players on waivers again and hope to pass them through but the waivers would no longer be revocable the second time around potentially leaving their players vulnerable to trade without much in return.
8-24-15: The Padres owned the Major League Baseball’s longest winning streak heading into Sunday’s contest against the visiting St. Louis Cardinals, but San Diego could not extend it to six games, as the team lost, 10-3. On the bright side, the Padres head into Tuesday just 6.5 games out of first place in the National League West, as they start a six-game road trip against the Washington Nationals and Philadelphia Phillies.
8-21-15: The San Diego Padres continued their goal to unload salary this month as they began the week placing Joaquin Benoit, Ian Kennedy and Will Venable on revocable waivers. Almost immediately Kennedy and Benoit were claimed off waivers but were ultimately pulled back after deals could not be struck with either claiming team. No team claimed Venable and he was traded to the Texas Rangers after clearing revocable waivers. The Padres received minor league catcher Marcus Greene and a player to be named later back in exchange for Venable. One player the team is unlikely to trade whether he clears waivers or not in second baseman Jedd Gyorko. Gyorko has struggled since signing a long-term extension with the club and has been moved to the shortstop position as the team continues to attempt to get some value out of the contract. One player the team will not get any value out of is right-hander Brandon Morrow, especially after he underwent season-ending shoulder surgery this week. Morrow will be out three-to-four months after failing to make it through two rehab assignment starts with San Diego’s minor league affiliates.
8-19-15: Although the Rockies stopped their six-game losing streak with Sunday’s 5-0 victory over the San Diego Padres, Colorado went back to its losing ways the following day. On Monday night, the Washington Nationals defeated the Padres, 15-6, to push Walt Weiss’s squad to 21 games below .500 on the season.
8-14-15: The San Diego Padres caught a lot of attention and a lot of flak for deciding to sell off their expensive and veteran players at the July 31st trading deadline. When new GM AJ Preller then changed his mind and decided to stand pat at the deadline he caught that same flak and garnered that same attention for a totally new set of reasons. Preller attempted to move outfielder and free agent to be Justin Upton to the New York Mets in exchange for one of their top pitching prospects Michael Fulmer but Preller was not able to pull the trigger forcing Mets GM Sandy Alderson to trade Fulmer and fellow right-handed pitcher Luis Cessa to the Detroit Tigers for outfielder Yoenis Cespedes. Instead of trading for players the Padres are adding players, however minor, and the team added to the pitching depth a bit this week when they signed Bud Norris to a major league contract. Norris may immediately serve as a replacement for James Shields who was placed on revocable waivers and has since cleared waivers. No team wanted to take a chance on being stuck with the contract of Shields so now the Padres will be able to trade the right-hander to any team for the remainder of the 2015 season. If Shields is to pitch in a big game in the playoffs for a contender this season he will have to be traded before the August 31st trade deadline passes to be eligible for the postseason.
8-7-15: The San Diego Padres were thought to be big time sellers at the July 31st trading deadline this summer after a lackluster start to the 2015 season but surprisingly the Padres were relatively quiet before the deadline. That was not for lack of trying though as the Padres were adamant in trading their closer Craig Kimbrel this summer and even offered him to the Arizona Diamondbacks in exchange for their first baseman Paul Goldschmidt. While that deal never really got off the ground the team was said to be close to sending outfielder Justin Upton to the New York Mets before the July 31st trade deadline came and went. New York was reportedly willing to offer Michael Fulmer, one of their top prospects in a deep farm system, to San Diego for Upton for two months but the deal never came to fruition. It remains to be seen whether the team will try to sneak any of their high priced talent and soon to be free agents through revocable waivers this month but if the team can sneak a few players through waivers the fire sale that was predicted before the deadline passed could still happen this season.
8-7-15: On Thursday, the Padres fell to five games below .500 on the season. San Diego won the first game of its four-game series at Milwaukee on Monday, but lost the final three contests of the series. Odrisamer Despaigne was touched up on Thursday, as he allowed seven runs in five innings in the loss.
8-3-15: Although the Padres fell on Sunday at Miami, they still won their series against the Marlins. With the strong week, San Diego is just three games below .500 on the season. In the loss, Alexi Amarista broke out of a 0-for-25 slump with a fifth-inning triple, and he homered in the ninth inning.
7-31-15: The San Diego Padres came into this final week before the July 31st trading deadline as big time sellers in the market. The San Diego Padres and the Chicago Cubs have been discussing a deal that would bring Starlin Castro to San Diego in a deal that has many left scratching their heads. San Diego is expected to be sellers, although a Castro trade for San Diego would be aimed at improving the 2016 club and beyond as well, while Chicago is expected to buy at the deadline. Castro is owed $37 million over the next four seasons and is just 25 years old despite this being his sixth season in the Major Leagues. Castro also has a $16 million option written into his contract for the 2020 season making him fairly attractive to rebuilding teams and fairly expensive to acquire as well in terms of prospects. San Diego is looking to possibly trade some of their starting pitching, especially James Shields as well as relief pitchers Joaquin Benoit and Craig Kimbrel, and would interest the pitching hungry Cubs team that is looking to secure a Wild Card spot in 2015. While the Padres could buy Castro the team could conceivably also sell off big names like Justin Upton, Will Venable, Ian Kennedy, James Shields, Andrew Cashner, Tyson Ross, Joaquin Benoit and closer Craig Kimbrel. The team began the week talking to the Baltimore Orioles about a potential deal with Upton while many teams including the Washington Nationals, Toronto Blue Jays, New York Yankees and the Houston Astros remain interested in Kimbrel’s services.
7-28-15: On Sunday, the Padres made it three straight victories with their 3-2 win over the Miami Marlins. Odrisamer Despaigne threw six innings of one-run ball and allowed just two hits and two walks. Both Justin Upton and Yonder Alonso collected two hits in the victory that won the series for San Diego.
7-24-15: The San Diego Padres have begun this week essentially making every player on their roster available and have specifically been fielding calls from the Toronto Blue Jays. San Diego has seemingly made anyone and everyone available including, but not limited to, Tyson Ross, Ian Kennedy, James Shields, Andrew Cashner, Joaquin Benoit and Craig Kimbrel. San Diego is falling farther and farther out of the National League West Division despite an aggressive and expensive offseason while Toronto continues to try and chase down the New York Yankees in the American League East Division. Kimbrel and Shields are both on long-term deals with the club which could set a dangerous precedence for future free agents and trade acquisitions if San Diego sells those players just a few months after signing them long-term. San Diego is looking to upgrade at the shortstop position in any trade that the team makes which could lead to the team making a phone call to the Milwaukee Brewers about their shortstop Jean Segura.
7-22-15: Although the Padres fell on Tuesday against the visiting San Francisco Giants, San Diego was victorious in each of its first three games since the All-Star break. Justin Upton hit his 15th home run of the season on Friday in the Padres’ 4-2 victory over the Colorado Rockies, but tightness in his left oblique forced him to miss San Diego’s games on Monday and Tuesday.
7-17-15: The San Diego Padres and their fans have turned all their eyes to AJ Preller’s first July 31st trading deadline now that the All-Star Game has come to a close. Preller looks to use much of the knowledge he gained as a member of the Texas Rangers to improve the team’s current situation that finds them 10.0 games out of the National League West Division and 42-45 overall in his first season as GM. The GM is at least discussing deals that could involve newly signed free agent James Shields and while that could help this struggling team right now it could hurt the team in the long term setting a dangerous precedence for potential free agents. Signing a guy in the winter to a mega-deal that is extremely back-loaded and turning around and trading him the very next July could potentially be unattractive to potential free agents who may be courted by San Diego and Preller. Another future free agent that may be turned off by a trade out of San Diego is outfielder and All-Star Justin Upton who will be a free agent at the end of the 2015 season. Upton is expected to be one of the top free agents on the market this offseason and could either fetch San Diego a ton at the deadline or could fetch them an extra draft pick assuming he turns down a qualifying offer.
7-13-15: The Padres stopped their six-game losing streak on Saturday, as they defeated the Texas Rangers, 6-5. In that contest, San Diego had hits from eight different players. The Padres made a huge comeback by scoring three runs in the top of the ninth inning to get the win. Then on Sunday, Tyson Ross threw 6.2 shutout innings to get his sixth victory of the season in the Padres’ 2-1 win.
7-8-15: The Padres have been playing quite a few low-scoring games recently, but they cannot seem to scratch across enough runs to win. With Tuesday’s 3-2 loss to the Pittsburgh Pirates, San Diego dropped its fourth consecutive game and fell to eight games below .500 on the season. On the bright side, Justin Upton robbed Andrew McCutchen’s home run on Tuesday.
6-17-15: Pat Murphy, the Padres interim manager, will manage for the rest of the season after the
organization fired Bud Black on Monday. With Wil Myers back on the disabled list due
to left wrist inflammation, San Diego continued to struggle. The Padres fell to the
Oakland Athletics, 6-5, on Tuesday. On the bright side, Austin Hedges hit the first home run of his career in the loss.
6-5-15: The San Diego Padres spent an absolute ton of money this offseason behind new GM AJ Preller’s master plan and the deals have not quite worked out the way Preller had hoped after the first two months of the season. After the team added the likes of Craig Kimbrel, Justin and Melvin Upton, Wil Myers, Matt Kemp and others to the team hoping to improve the record the team comes into the week boasting just a 27-28 record this season. San Diego ended the week in third place in the National League West division trailing the San Francisco Giants by 1.5 games and the Los Angeles Dodgers by 4.5 games. Part of San Diego’s problem is their inability to protect their home field as the team is a mere 15-15 at home inside Petco Park this season while posting a 12-13 record on the road in 2015. Despite the losing record and the disappointing start to the season the team is likely to remain pat or add players at the July 31st trading deadline and will not sell off their veterans at the deadline.
6-1-15: On Sunday, Odrisamer Despaigne threw a career-high eight innings and allowed just one
run in the Padres’ 7-1 victory over the Pirates. With the win, San Diego split its four-game series with Pittsburgh. The other Padres victory of the series came on a Derek Norris walkoff grand slam on Friday.
5-30-15: The San Diego Padres received some less than ideal news from rehabbing right hander Josh Johnson this week as the RHP was shut down after suffering from nerve issues in his neck. Johnson has gone nearly two seasons since his last appearance in the major leagues and would have presumably received a shot with the struggling Padres if he were healthy enough to pitch. Another rehabbing Padres pitcher received a bit of news this week in Brandon Morrow but his news was positive. Morrow was pitching well before a shoulder issue forced him onto the disabled list but is set to start a rehab assignment and sim game program as early as this week. The pitching staff is not the only area of the team that is being hit by the injury bug this season as Wil Myers continues to work his way back from a wrist injury. Myers has yet to be cleared to swing a bat or resume baseball activities of any kind and was not activated off the disabled list this week when he became eligible. Myers instead will head to see a specialists who will look at the wrist and see how it has healed in the last couple of weeks.
5-26-15: On Sunday, the Padres’ offense exploded for eight runs in the first two innings of the game. They won that contest, 11-3, to salvage the final game of their three-game series
with the Los Angeles Dodgers, but San Diego went back to its losing ways on Monday.
The Padres lost on an Albert Pujols walkoff single against Craig Kimbrel.
5-12-15: Sunday’s game in Arizona was a low-scoring affair. Andrew Cashner struck out six
Diamondbacks and threw seven innings of two-run ball, but both runs came on home
runs. Meanwhile, the Padres could only muster one run, as they fell, 2-1, in the series
finale. With the loss, San Diego split the four-game series, but remained in second place
in the National League West.
5-5-15: On Monday, the Padres purchased the contract of catching prospect Austin Hedges from Triple-A El Paso. In the game that night, a 2-0 loss to the San Francisco Giants, Hedges struck out in his first career at-bat, a pinch-hitting opportunity in the eighth inning. The loss to the Giants came after the Padres swept the visiting Colorado Rockies.
4-29-15: Justin Upton broke a streak of nine straight at-bats without a hit with his sixth home run of the season on Tuesday. Wil Myers also homered against the visiting Houston Astros, but the Padres lost, 14-3. Tyson Ross had nine strikeouts, but he was one of three San Diego pitchers to give up four runs in the loss.
4-21-15: On Sunday, the Padres moved to 8-5 and won their series at Wrigley Field, as they defeated the Chicago Cubs, 5-2, behind home runs by Will Middlebrooks and Yangervis Solarte. The Padres overshadowed Kris Bryant’s debut with a 5-4 win on Friday, which gave San Diego its sixth win in seven games. San Diego’s success continued on Monday with a 14-3 victory over the Colorado Rockies.
4-14-15: Last week, the Padres placed Ian Kennedy on the 15-day disabled list after he suffered a strained left hamstring, which forced him to exit early from his start on Thursday against the San Francisco Giants. Although San Diego lost that game, the team went on to win the next three contests. However, the Padres lost on Monday against the Arizona Diamondbacks, 8-4.
4-7-15: The night before the Padres began their season at Dodger Stadium, they acquired closerCraig Kimbrel and Melvin Upton Jr. in exchange for Cameron Maybin, Carlos Quentin, two prospects and a draft pick. However, on Opening Day, the Padres fell to the Los
Angeles Dodgers, 6-3. James Shields threw six innings of two-run ball with eight strikeouts that day.
4-2-15: On Monday, the Padres sent left-handed pitcher Alex Torres to the New York Mets in exchange for right-handed pitcher Cory Mazzoni and a player to be named later. Also
that day, Ian Kennedy threw six scoreless innings and struck out seven Cincinnati Reds. Matt Kemp hit a two-run home run in the victory.
3-19-15: James Shields did not look strong against the Milwaukee Brewers on Tuesday, as he gave
up four runs, three of which were earned, on three hits and two walks over three innings.
The day before, Brandon Morrow threw four scoreless innings and struck out two Chicago Cubs in the Padres’ 7-0 win.
3-3-15: Coming off his second career Tommy John surgery last February, left-hander Cory Luebke is about a month away from throwing off a mound. He is expected to begin the regular season in extended spring training. Then on Tuesday, Padres general manager A.J. Preller said that Carlos Quentin should get some playing time at first base.
2-17-15: The Padres signed a couple players to minor league contracts last Friday. Right-handed pitcher Parker Frazier had a 4.26 ERA in the Chicago White Sox’s Double-A and Triple-A affiliates last season, but did have a strong strikeout-to-walk ratio. San Diego also brought in third baseman Josh Bell with an invitation to spring training after he played in Korea last season.
2-11-15: On Monday, the Padres signed James Shields to the largest contract in franchise history. San Diego beat out several other teams and agreed to a four-year deal with the veteran
starter for $75 million, which includes a 2019 club option. Fellow Padres starter Andrew
Cashner, who is owed $4.05 million in 2015, said that he would like to sign an extension and stay in San Diego past this season.
10-1-14: For the fourth season in a row, the Padres missed out on a winning season. San Diego's biggest problem was the team's pitiful offense. The Padres ranked last in baseball in runs, average and OPS. While the club's hitting struggled, the rotation is in much better shape. Tyson Ross and Andrew Cashner finished the season with sub-3.00 ERAs. If the Padres can get a bat or two into their lineup next season, they could make some noise for a wildcard spot.
9-30-14: The San Diego Padres announced that manager Bud Black is safe and ready to come back to manage the team for the 2015 season. Some thought that new GM A.J. Preller would want his own pick as manager going forward but the young GM put those talks to bed this week with the announcement. Another member of the Padres that would like to return for the 2015 season is starting pitcher Tim Stauffer, an 11 year member of the Padres. Stauffer was originally drafted by San Diego in the 2003 draft fourth overall but may become victim to the absolute pitching depth that the Padres currently showcase. Stauffer has been in the bullpen for the past few seasons after losing some time with multiple injuries but has quietly posted a 3.38 ERA since the 2009 season. San Diego finished the 2014 season with a 77-84 record and will not be in the 2014 postseason.
9-25-14: The Padres could be a real sleeper to contend next year. They swept the Giants over the weekend and outscored them 16-4 in the series. Starter Andrew Cashner is 3-1 with a 1.93 ERA and 0.923 WHIP in six starts since returning from injury. With Cashner alongside Tyson Ross, Odrisamer Despaigne and Ian Kennedy, San Diego has a nice staff. They close out the season with a four-game series in San Francisco.
9-23-14: The San Diego Padres was one of the many teams to attend the showcase for Cuban defecting outfielder Yasmani Thomas this week. The Padres are considered to be one of the favorites for Tomas’ services this winter as the outfielder will finally sign with a team. Whether current manager Bud Black or a new manager, maybe former Boston Red Sox catcher Jason Varitek for instance, would manage Tomas if he signed is still up in the air. Many around the league think that Black’s job is safe but Varitek’s name has been connected to the Padres as a potential managerial candidate many times over the past couple of years and is well known by current CEO Mike Dee. San Diego also announced this week that they would be sending Cameron Maybin to the Dominican Winter League to try and get him back on track after an injury and suspension shortened 2014 season. Whether the Padres are thinking of sending him to help him play every day in 2015 or whether the team wants to build value for a potential winter trade remains to be seen.
9-18-14: After pulling to within five games of .500 at 66-71 earlier this month, the Padres are just 4-9 in their last 13 games, leaving them in third place in the NL West standings. They have taken two straight games against the Phillies in San Diego this week. San Diego will most likely finish last in the league in both team batting average and runs per game. The Padres have a solid pitching staff to build around, but need to find a way to add some offense to their lineup in the offseason.
9-16-14: The San Diego Padres new General Manager A.J.Preller is assembling his staff as a new hire in the organization and this week brought on David Post as a special assistant to the GM. Post will assist Preller in amateur, international, and professional scouting going forward. This decision puts to rest the speculation that Preller would bring back former GM Kevin Towers since Towers was dismissed as the Arizona Diamondbacks GM. Preller is looking to improve on a down season in 2014 by building from within and building around the core of Ian Kennedy, Tyson Ross, and others. Currently San Diego has a 68-80 record and trails the first place Los Angeles Dodgers by 16.5 games. Preller took another step in that direction this week when the team outrighted relief pitcher Troy Patton to Triple-A after designating him for assignment last week. Stashing Patton in Triple-A while finally getting back pitching prospect Joe Wieland from Tommy John surgery gives San Diego something to build on in 2015.
9-12-14: After going 16-11 in August and looking like they had a chance at a winning record, the Padres stumbled last week, splitting a four-game series with the Diamondbacks before getting swept by the Rockies in Denver. Cory Spangenberg has seen a decent amount of time at third base since being a September call-ups. It will be interesting to see how he fits into the team's plans for next year. He’s a natural second baseman and could slide back their next season.
9-9-14: The San Diego Padres have designated third baseman Chris Nelson and LHP Troy Patton for assignment as the team announced its September call ups for the 2014 season. Patton was the center piece in the deal with the Baltimore Orioles that sent catcher Nick Hundley to the American League East. Patton held down left handed batters at a decent clip in San Diego but the 28 year old did not fit into the future plans for A.J. Preller and the Padres future. The future in San Diego may include former closer and All Star Heath Bell as the right hander announced interest in coming back to Petco Park. Bell was most recently with the New York Yankees and asked for his release after the team failed to call the 36 year old up to the major leagues.
9-4-14: The Padres finished August with the second-best record in the NL at 16-11. They went 10-2 at
home, and that included series wins against a pair of contenders in the Dodgers and Brewers last
week. They're second in the NL with a 3.14 team ERA heading into September. With all of their
starting rotation and the majority of their key bullpen pieces under contract through next season
and beyond, San Diego has something to build around.
9-2-14: The San Diego Padres inducted long time closer Trevor Hoffman into their Hall of Fame this week after the closer spent his entire historic career with the club. San Diego also selected and purchased the contracts of pitcher Leonel Campos and utility infielder Cory Spangenberg while moving Carlos Quentin and Yonder Alonso to the 60 day DL to make room on the 40 man roster. Spangenberg does not get the same recognition as Javier Baez and George Springer even though he was selected in the same first round class and even though he has slashed .331/.365/.470 in 304 plate appearances this season in Double-A. Spangenberg has spent four seasons being overlooked in the Padres minor league system and has finally got the call to the show. Spangenberg will join a 64-71 Padres team that is 12 games behind in the NL West division.
8-27-14: Despite a pair of series losses on the road to the Dodgers and Diamondbacks last week, the San Diego Padres are still an NL West-leading 13-10 this month. They split the first two games of their three game series with the Brewers this week. Starter Andrew Cashner returned Saturday against Arizona after missing two months with shoulder inflammation. He threw only 88 pitches in five innings of work, allowing seven hits and two runs. San Diego will look to play spoiler down the stretch.
8-26-14: The San Diego Padres may have found their future closer in Kevin Quackenbush and may ultimately trade pricey right hander Joaquin Benoit this winter for prospects. The Padres also get back their starting pitcher of the future this week in Andrew Cashner as he works his way back from shoulder surgery. Cashner made his first start since June 18 and looks to improve his 2.76 ERA and 7.0 K/9 in 76.1 innings that he compiled before the injury. Another player the team is enjoying on the field is Yangervis Solarte who came over from the New York Yankees in the trade for Chase Headley. Solarte has played second base, third base, and the outfield for San Diego hit .271/.347/.383 in 126 plate appearances so far for San Diego. Solarte may turn into a good utility player for San Diego long term as he can play all over the diamond and has just enough pop in his bat to justify a 40 man roster spot, even in spacious Petco Park.
8-20-14: The Padres have the second-best record in the National League in the month of August. They swept the Colorado Rockies last week but lost three out of four to the Cardinals over this past weekend. Jedd Gyorko made history, kind of, last week when he became San Diego’s all-time leader in home runs by a second baseman with No. 31 of his career at second base.
8-19-14: The San Diego Padres signed former Texas Rangers assistant GM AJ Preller to a five year deal to be the team’s GM but fellow Rangers staff members will not follow, not right away anyway. San Diego had to agree that the team would not sign away any member of the Rangers staff or front office for two years to get permission to even speak to Preller about the vacant GM job. One player Preller will not have to work with in 2014 or 2015 is top prospect Max Fried as he went under the knife this week and had Tommy John surgery. Fried was drafted seventh overall in the 2012 MLB Draft and has already missed a considerable amount of time this season after suffering a flexor strain to start the year.
8-13-14: This past week, the Padres selected A.J. Preller as their new GM to replace the fired Josh Byrnes. Preller spent the past 10 seasons as a scout and player development executive for the Texas Rangers. The team has a good young core a starting rotation that ranks second in the MLB with a 3.05 ERA on the year. Remarkably, San Diego is only six games out of the second wildcard spot in the NL.
8-12-14: The San Diego Padres finally hired a new general manager to replace Josh Byrnes as it came down to the Yankees assistant general manager Billy Eppler and the Rangers assistant general manager A.J. Preller. Preller is officially the executive vice president and general manager for the Padres and will bring a new and fresh outlook to the team. Preller has signed a five year deal with the Padres to basically run their baseball operations from day to day. The Padres current assistant GM AJ Hinch was obviously not a fan of the move and immediately resigned when hearing the news of the new hire.
8-6-14: Jesse Hahn had his 55 2/3 innings streak without giving up a homerun snapped Tuesday night in Minnesota as the Padres fell to Twins 3-1. Hahn gave up the homerun to Kennys Vargas. Hahn, who now falls to 7-3 on the year, went 5 2/3 innings with four walks. He’s been a rather pleasant surprise in a stellar stretch since joining the rotation two months ago.
8-5-14: The San Diego Padres announced this week that they are likely to pick a new general manager sometime next week after firing Josh Byrnes back in June. The finalists for the job are said to be the Yankees assistant general manager Billy Eppler and the Texas Rangers assistant GM A.J. Preller. The Padres were extremely active at this year’s trading deadline for a team without a GM trading away outfielder Chris Denorfia to the Seattle Mariners for outfielder Abraham Almonte and right hander Stephen Kohlscheen. San Diego also fielded offers for closer Joaquin Benoit.
7-30-14: The San Diego Padres have traded longtime third baseman and left fielder Chase Headley to the New York Yankees for Yangervis Solarte and minor league pitcher Rafael DePaula. The Padres lost their third baseman on Tuesday and lost their centerfielder on Wednesday when Cameron Maybin failed a drug test and was suspended for 25 games. Maybin claims he was self-medicating for his attention deficit disorder (ADD) when he failed the test. San Diego called up Jeff Franceour to take Maybin’s spot on the 25 man roster as a corresponding roster move. The Padres are also likely to trade away outfielder Chris Denorfia before the trading deadline this week while as many as eight teams are interested in his services.
7-28-14: Although Cameron Maybin was suspended 25 games on Wednesday for testing positive for amphetamines, the Padres played very well this past week. They won their second consecutive series by beating the Chicago Cubs in the final two games of their series. Then, on Friday, Jesse Hahn continued to pitch well as he led the Padres to a 5-2 victory against the Atlanta Braves.
7-24-14: Hours after trading Chase Headley away to the Yankees, the San Diego Padres struggles continued as they were beaten 6-0 by the Cubs Tuesday night in Wrigley. Padres starter Eric Stults, who fell to 3-12 on the year, lasted only five innings and took the loss, which is his ninth in his last 10 decisions. He gave up a total of three runs and six hits. Entering the games, the Padres lineup had a total of 29 home runs and 103 RBI. That won’t cut it at the MLB level or any level of pro ball for that matter.
7-21-14: The San Diego Padres started the week off selling off big pieces and they sent Huston Street to the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim for a package of prospects. The Padres received the top two Angels prospects, their fourth best prospect, and their eight best prospect for Street including second basemen Tyler Lindsey. This gives teams an idea of what it will cost to pick up the Padres 8th inning man Joaquin Benoit. Benoit is not likely to close for other teams so a lesser prospect package would likely be commanded to obtain the righty. The deal likely all but assures that Chase Headley will be traded this month as well. The addition of Taylor Lindsey will likely bump Jedd Gyorko to third base leaving no suitable place for Headley. The Padres won’t stop there as Chris Denorfia is likely to get traded this July as well but will likely hold on to Andrew Cashner and Tyson Ross. Pretty good for a team that doesn’t have a general manager currently.
7-19-14: On Friday night, the Padres dealt All-Star Huston Street to the Los Angeles Angels in a six-player deal. They could have used him in Friday’s game, as Joaquin Benoit gave up the eventual game-winning run in the top of the ninth inning. Benoit’s record dropped to 3-2 on the season, as the Padres fell to 14 games below .500 with the 5-4 loss to the New York Mets.
7-17-14: Series losses on the road to the Rockies and Dodgers wrapped up a tough first half for the Padres. They were picked by some to be a dark-horse contender in the NL West prior to the season beginning; instead they find themselves in a three-team race for last. San Diego sits dead last in team batting average (.214) and runs scored (279, 2.94 RPG). On the flipside, they have a pleasantly surprising pitching staff that ranks fourth in team ERA at 3.18.
7-15-14: The San Diego Padres are still searching for a General Manager and have interviewed many candidates including the Yankees assistant GM Billy Eppler, Rangers assistant GM A.J. Preller, and others but still have not hired someone. The Padres have pieces to sell at this year’s trading deadline including starting pitcher Ian Kennedy, relievers Joaquin Benoit and Huston Street, and third baseman Chase Headley but without a GM that may be a tough task. The Padres seem more willing to trade soon to be free agents Chris Denorfia or Headley and would rather hold on to Street and Kennedy specifically since they are under team control for the 2015 season. Judging by the two year extension to Seth Smith the Padres think they are right on the cusp of competing in the National League West division.
7-14-14: San Diego has had difficulty with National West opponents recently. Since the Padres’ sweep of the Cincinnati Reds at the beginning of July, San Diego has only won three games. However, one of those victories stopped the Padres’ most recent three-game losing streak. On Friday, Jesse Hahn continued to pitch very well in his rookie year as he led San Diego to the 6-3 victory.
7-10-14: Normally, giving up a two-rum homer is nothing major. However, for the offensively plagued San Diego Padres, that’s like giving up seven runs in one inning. Charlie Blackmon’s two-run shot was all the Rockies needed as they downed the Padres 2-1 Tuesday night. Rene Rivera homered for the Padres in the sixth and Chris Denorfia had three hits. San Diego will go for their first series win at Coors Field in two years on Wednesday.
7-7-14: With their 2-0 victory on Friday, the Padres continued their recent success against the San Francisco Giants. In addition, San Diego moved its season-best winning streak to five games. On Wednesday and Friday, the Padres shut out their opponents behind a complete-game shutout from Tyson Ross and seven scoreless innings from Eric Stults.
7-3-14: Seth Smith hit a leadoff homer and scored three times, Carlos Quentin went deep and drove in three runs, as San Diego beat the Cincinnati Reds 8-2 Tuesday night with a rare offensive performance. One night after managing just one hit in a 1-0 victory over the Reds, the Padres had a season-high 16 hits. Every batter in the starting lineup had a hit. Funny how baseball works sometimes. The Padres are 10 ½ games back of San Francisco for the NL West lead.
7-2-14: The San Diego Padres are looking at being sellers once again this trading deadline but they have to have a General Manager first after failing to hire one to date. Last week the Padres fired GM Josh Byrnes and have interviewed many candidates including the Yankees assistant GM Billy Eppler. There has been discussion around the league that Arizona’s GM, who is also on the hot seat, may be the leading candidate for the Padres job if he became available. The Padres are looking to sell Ian Kennedy, Huston Street, Joaquin Benoit, Chase Headley, Chris Denorfia, and Seth Smith but seem likely to hang on to ace starting pitcher Andrew Cashner.
6-30-14: After having a difficult start to June, the Padres have played better the last couple of weeks. They were on their way to a sweep of the Giants in San Francisco, but were no-hit by Tim Lincecum on Wednesday. Then, on Thursday night, the Padres honored Hall of Famer Tony Gwynn with a memorial at Petco Park. Unfortunately, San Diego could not get the victory on Friday against the Arizona Diamondbacks.
6-26-14: Jesse Hahn pitched six strong innings and Alexi Amarista drove in three runs on three hits as San Diego handed the San Francisco Giants their 12th loss in the past 15 games, 7-2 on Tuesday night. Will Venable drove in two runs and Hahn earned his third straight victory for the San Diego, who won their fifth game in their past seven games played. The Padres are 11 ½ games back of the Giants in the NL West.
6-24-14: The San Diego Padres and their fans started out the week mourning the loss of Mr. Padre Tony Gwynn at age 54. He is survived by his wife and two kids after losing his battle with cancer, may he rest in peace. The Padres also signed the well-traveled Chris Nelson to a minor league deal this week after spending time in Triple-A in the Cincinnati Reds organization earlier this season. If the Padres had teams interested in trading for outfielder Carlos Quentin this July the veteran might be willing to waive his no trade clause to facilitate a trade, announced recently by Jon Heyman. Quentin is a power hitting outfield bat that has gone cold in the spacious pitchers park out in San Diego. San Diego could fetch quite the package for Quentin as he is not a rental and has a very team friendly $8 million contract for 2015 and a mutual option for 2016 worth $10 million. The Padres ended the week by relieving General Manager and executive Vice President Josh Byrnes of his duties.
6-18-14: A lack of offense and bullpen woes have been the story for the Padres this season. Once again, they both came into play Tuesday night as San Diego was swept by the Mariners 6-1. San Diego starter Eric Stults allowed four runs, six hits and a walk. He did strike out five, but had trouble finding the strike zone on a consistent basis. Reliever Tim Stauffer loaded the bases and then gave up a two-run double to Kyle Seager, which broke the game open. San Diego travels back home for another two-game set against Seattle.
6-17-14: The San Diego Padres have signed their first three draft picks in the MLB First Year Players Draft by signing above slot deals for first round pick Trea Turner and second round pick Michael Gettys and a below slot deal with Zech Lemond. Turner was slotted at $2.723 million and signed for $2.9 million while Gettys was slotted for $1.083 million and received $1.3 million. Lemond saved the Padres a mere $31K as he was slotted for $632K and signed for a shade over $600K. The Padres are reportedly nearing organizational changes that may not stop at just replacing current manager Bud Black after yet another disappointing season. The Padres may be primed to trade the likes of Ian Kennedy and Chase Headley at the trading deadline to jump start a rebuild in San Diego.
6-10-14: The San Diego Padres took Trea Turner out of NC State with their first pick, 13th overall, in the 2014 MLB First Year Players Draft on Thursday. The Padres are getting their ace starting pitcher back in Andrew Cashner after spending time on the disabled list and have designated Jason Lane for assignment to give Cashner the roster spot. The Padres also took a shot at bringing Johnny Football Johnny Manziel into the fold after drafting him in the 28th round. Although it is very likely that Manziel will not sign and become the starting quarterback for the Cleveland Browns taking the chance that late in the draft never hurts.
6-3-14: The San Diego Padres are struggling once again and the rumors of Bud Black’s time being up as manager of the Padres are starting to heat up. The General Manager in San Diego is Josh Byrnes and he has a history of firing his managers when he was the GM in Arizona. Byrnes fired Bob Melvin and hired AJ Hinch to replace him as the GM of the Diamondbacks. The Padres also completed their trade with the Oakland Athletics for Kyle Blanks by acquiring Ronald Herrerra as the player to be named later in the deal. Herrerra is a right handed starting pitcher and is just 19 years old spending his time in Class-A ball. Herrerra is ranked as the 16th best prospects in the Athletics system and has a 3.38 ERA this season for Beloit. The Padres also saw their 8th round pick in the 2012 MLB First Year Players Draft, Brian Adams, retire from baseball this week.
5-28-14: The San Diego Padres have
traded catcher Nick Hundley to the Baltimore Orioles for right handed relief pitcher Troy Patton. The Orioles were said to be looking for a catcher in the wake of the Matt Weiters injury and the Padres were said to be looking to shed what was left of his $4 million in salary so the deal made too much sense to pass up. The Padres recently got big bopper Carlos Quentin back and he has paid immediate dividends to the club with key big hits and even got Ian Kennedy his first home win of the season over the Memorial Day weekend.
5-21-14: The San Diego Padres were struggling mightily this season with Andrew Cashner and are expected to fall on more tough times now that the staff ace has been added to the 15 day DL. Cashner has some discomfort and inflammation in his throwing elbow and with this being the season for Tommy John surgeries no one can blame the Padres for being cautious with the 27 year old. The ligament is said to be structurally sound and not a concern, at least right now, but the Padres are sending him for precautionary MRI’s just to be on the safe side. The Padres also jump started the July 31 trade deadline by trading first basemen Kyle Blanks to the Oakland Athletics for minor league outfielder Jake Goebbert along with a player to be named later or cash considerations.
5-15-14: The San Diego Padres are in fourth place and 6.5 games out of first place in the National League West division and have their eyes on the July, 31 trade deadline. The Padres are said to be making closer Huston Street and soon to be free agent third basemen Chase Headley available in trades this summer to restock the farm and the team. The Padres young pitching is getting a shot in the arm with Josh Johnson, who recently had Tommy John surgery, acting as a special instructor and mentor for San Diego's young arms. The Padres are already beginning to make roster moves as they designated Xavier Nady for assignment last week and he refused an outright to Triple-A and elected free agency. Fellow DFA victim Hector Ambriz accepted his outright to Triple-A and will head down to the Padres minor league system once again.
5-7-14: The San Diego Padres made their signing of Odrisamer Despaigne official this month welcoming the latest Cuban defecting pitcher to the Major Leagues. The signing was delayed due to visa and a physical but now that Despaigne is in the fold he has been optioned to Double-A to avoid the hitter friendly Pacific Coast League. Despaigne could very well make it all the way to the big leagues this season with a strong showing in the minors. In other roster moved the Padres acquired shortstop Benji Gonzalez from the Pittsburgh Pirates for a player to be named later or cash and San Diego has also designated outfielder Xavier Nady for assignment. Kyle Blanks, the former Padres top prospect, was called up to take Nady's place on the roster for the struggling and under .500 Padres team.
4-28-14: The San Diego Padres have not taken the momentum from a strong second half in 2013 over to 2014 as they came out of the gate limping to begin the 2014 season. The Padres are in fourth place but only because of the well documented struggles of the Arizona Diamondbacks and have lost one of their better starting pitchers in Josh Johnson to Tommy John surgery. The Padres are already talking trades and possibly giving up on the 2014 season after losing Chase Headley to injury and may look at trading catcher Nick Hundley. Hundley signed a three year and $9 million extension with the team, in which he is in the final season of, but with the emergence of Yasmani Grandal there is not much playing time left for Hundley. The Padres are still looking to add pieces to the minor leagues which was evident by the trade for Tyler Greene for Triple-A and the signing of Billy Buckner to help down on the farm and more minor league reinforcements may be on the way if San Diego moves Hundley. Voting has opened up for the 2014 MLB All Star Game for this July so remember to vote your favorite San Diego Padres into the game.
4-14-14: The Arizona Diamondbacks are the only thing keeping the San Diego Padres out of the cellar of the NL West thus far, as Bud Black’s club is off to a 5-7 start. However, they did take two-of-three from the Detroit Tigers over the weekend, including a 5-1 win over the reigning AL Cy Young winner, Max Scherzer, on Sunday. Andrew Cashner was phenomenal again last Friday, narrowly missing a no-hitter in a one-hit, complete game shutout. Next, San Diego will host Colorado for four games starting Monday.
4-7-14: The Padres haven’t been able to find their bats early on this season, as they’ve scored an MLB-low 12 runs in their first six games combined. They lost the final two games of their season-opening series with the rival Dodgers last week, before going to Miami and losing two-of-three there, as well. San Diego was expecting to get plenty of offense from its infield, but so far, it’s been the opposite. Chase Headley (hitting .130), Jedd Gyorko (.095) and Yonder Alonso (.174) will all need to pick it up if the Padres (2-4) are to compete in the National League West this season.
4-1-14: The San Diego Padres got 2014 started off the right way, with a 3-1 victory over the rival L.A. Dodgers in the home opener Sunday night. Andrew Cashner pitched well, going 6 strong innings while allowing just one run. The offense was dormant until the bottom of the eighth, when the Pads touched-up Dodger reliever Brian Wilson for three runs, including a solo shot from Seth Smith. Huston Street pitched the ninth to earn his first save as San Diego advanced to 1-0 on the year.
3-27-14: The San Diego Padres has informed their Rule 5 Draft selection Patrick Schuster will not make the Opening Day roster and will be returned to his original team, the Arizona Diamondbacks. Tony Sipp, another left-handed relief pitcher, was also recently informed that he would not be making the Major League roster either meaning the Padres could start the 2014 season with just one left-hander in their bullpen. The Padres did acquire 28 year old catcher Adam Moore from the Kansas City Royals for cash considerations and will stash his .513 Major League OPS on the 25 man roster this season as a backup catcher. The Padres also signed Jeff Francoeur to a minor league deal in hopes of riding one of the best records in the second half in all of baseball and turn it into a strong 2014 season in the National League West division.
3-20-14: The San Diego Padres got some terrible news when third basemen Chase Headley strained his calf, although he will be ready for the Padres March 30 opener. Headley is in a contract season and talks have died down between him and the club on an extension making him more and more likely to test free agency. Speaking of injuries Cameron Maybin is injured, yes again, but will avoid surgery on his ruptured left biceps tendon. Either way it will be a long and lengthy process and comeback for Maybin once again as the Padres may think of going in another direction in center field going forward. The Padres have brought in Hector Ambriz, catcher, on a minor league deal presumably for depth going forward as we inch towards Opening Day. The Padres have one of the worst records in the Cactus League and have mustered a 3-5 record in the last 10 days. The rotation is packed with power pitching and in that stadium they always have a chance, they just need to hit.
3-14-14: The Padres exercised their option on pitcher Keyvius Sampson the El Paso Chihuahuas and Rymer Liriano has been assigned to the San Antonio Missions. The club also assigned Jonathan Galvez and Leonel Campos to the team's minor league camp. The Padres spring training record is currently 5-8-3 and they play the Angels today.
3-13-14: The San Diego Padres have been close to the bottom of the National League West for quite a few seasons now but showed a lot of heart, and won a lot of games, the second half of 2013 so maybe a turnaround is coming. Chase Headley is in his contract year as the third basemen hits free agency after this season so the Padres should get big things out of him this season. Mid season acquisition Ian Kennedy should help fill out the starting rotation for San Diego and may be the step up that they needed. The Padres have struggled thus far in the Cactus League but have a young core of positional players and pitching and added Joaquin Benoit to solidify the backend of the bullpen. The Padres seem primed and ready to compete for at least one of the Wild Card slots in the National League with this young, hungry, and revamped squad.
3-12-14: The Padres have claimed 27 year old journeyman infielder/outfielder Alex Castellanos off waivers this past Friday from the Texas Rangers. In the past year, Castellanos has seen himself be a part of the Dodgers, Red Sox, and now the Rangers and Padres. Castellanos has gone 3 for 9 in 5 games witht eh Rangers during Spring Training.
3-11-14: Outfield Cameron Maybin has decided to go against surgery on his left biceps, and instead will rehab in hopes to be back within 4 to 6 weeks. Maybin signed a $25 million extension over 5 years in 2012. Maybin played in just 14 games for San Diego during the 2013 campaign.
3-5-14: The San Diego Padres are dealing with a lot of injuries right now and it keeps getting worse as outfielder Cameron Maben has been diagnosed with the ruptured tendon in his bicep on the left side and he will be out for at least 2 to 3 months. About a week ago Chase Headley was also diagnosed with an injury but he began hitting in the batting cage this week which is good news for the Padres. Relief pitcher Houston street is also nursing a slight groin strain but the Padres are not worry about it very much and expect him to be there opening day.
3-4-14: Padres center fielder Cameron Maybin is expected to miss 2 to 3 months recovering from a ruptured biceps tendon. He suffered the injury while making a diving catch in Sunday's game vs the Dodgers. Maybin appeared in just 14 games for the club last season. He was the 10th overall pick in the 2005 draft.
1-24-14: The San Diego Padres haven’t been too active this offseason but were able to make a trade this past week with the Tampa Bay Rays to bring in some depth to their rotation. On Wednesday the Padres traded Logan Forsythe, Brad Boxberger and three minor leaguers for pitcher Alex Torres and Jesse Hahn. Torres impressed last season when he made the move to the bullpen where he struck out 62 in just 58 innings pitched and the Padres are hoping he can help sure up their middle relievers.
1-7-14: The San Diego Padres and Joaquin Benoit have agreed to a two year deal worth ove $15 million. The Padres were also involved in a trade in mid December when they acquired infielder Ryan Jackson in exchange for Jesus Guzman. When February rolls around the Padres will head to Arizona for cactus league during spring training play.
12-9-13: San Diego Padres had another year of futility last season winning only 76 games and finishing in fourth place. The Padres have been one of the main culprits in terms of why the National League West is looked at as one of the weakest divisions in baseball. Despite recent rumors surrounding third baseman Chase Headley the Padres have denied any intentions of trading him. The Padres did try to bolster their pitching staff adding the veteran yet injury prone Josh Johnson to a one-year deal. They will see if Johnson's health can hold up for the first time in a few seasons. When healthy Johnson can be extremely electric but frequent injuries have hindered his last couple of seasons. The Padres will also have to add depth to their offense if they want to compete in the National League. Last season they finished 24th overall in the major leagues in terms of runs scored and 23rd overall in batting average as a team.
8-21-13 - San Diego Padres are in last place and have no hope in terms of making the playoffs. They lost two straight games and are three and seven in the last 10. Last night the Padres got hammered by the Pittsburgh Pirates and AJ Burnett. They were held to just one run. The Padres have struggled scoring runs all season long and rank 23rd overall in runs scored. Third baseman Chase Headley struck out three times last night. Over the next two series the parties will face the Cubs at home and then fly out to Arizona to face the Diamondbacks. The road is been unkind to the San Diego Padres who possess a 23 and 39 road record.
8-6-13 - The San Diego Padres are 52 – 60 and currently in third place of the National League West division. They are 10.5 games out of first place. This week they have an inter league series against the Baltimore Orioles.