1:01 AM EST, Mon December 29, 2014
Friars on Base 3 hours ago

Former Padres Hurler Tim Stauffer Sign With Minnesota

At one point, free agent Tim Stauffer wanted to be strongly be considered for a role in the San Diego Padres starting rotation. After a solid 2014, in which Stauffer went 6-2 with an ERA of 3.40 in 40 games, he had to make a decision: did he remain a fixture in the Padres’ bullpen–a […] Former Padres Hurler Tim Stauffer Sign With Minnesota - Friars on Base - Friars on Base - A San Diego Padres Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More
Rotoworld 2 hours ago

Diamondbacks agree to deal with Pennington - Cliff Pennington (SS) Arizona Diamondbacks

Diamondbacks avoided arbitration with INF Cliff Pennington by agreeing to a one-year contract.

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Dodgers close to signing Taiwanese pitcher Chin-hui Tsao

The Dodgers are close to signing right-hander Chin-hui Tsao, who has not played professional baseball since the Taiwanese league expelled him five years ago amid allegations of game-fixing.

Thanking ex-Dodger Hiroki Kuroda for the memories as he heads home

Well, he always said he would probably go back. Most figured it wouldn’t be doing so at age 40, but then Hiroki Kuroda always did do things his own way.
San Jose Mercury News Dec 26, 2014

Giants' World Series title tops Bay Area sport stories for 2014

The San Francisco Giants and Pablo Sandoval, the 49ers and Jim Harbaugh, the Golden State Warriors, and Chris Wondolowski's World Cup were among the top stories in 2014.

Roster rankings: No. 21 Dale Thayer

A daily look at the top-40 players on the Padres' roster.

The Year in Quotes: Bumgarner’s cheat code, the Dee Gordon shower, rocks and slingshots, Chubbs and much more

Another year, another parade, and now … time to take a couple of weeks off and go somewhere where Twitter won’t load and emails can’t reach my phone. I’ll be on vacation the next couple of weeks so this blog… Continue Reading → 
Padres Public Dec 26, 2014

Prellercated

Prellercated (adj.) exhausted from A.J. Preller’s activity – “That Middlebrooks trade has me Prellercated. Pass the Sculpin.” Padres GM A.J. Preller has been a busy fellow. While the Internet analyzes his trades to death (let that sink in for a moment: the baseball world is talking about the Padres), he continues to reshape this team in ways that hardly seemed possible even a few weeks ago. The home team remained quiet throughout the Winter Meetings, and fans assumed more status quo. Then, on December 18 and 19, this happened: Out In RHP R.J. Alvarez LHP Jose Castillo 1B...
Peavy on returning, buying a cable car and knowing that Bumgarner would finish it out

Peavy on returning, buying a cable car and knowing that Bumgarner would finish it out

Jake Peavy did, in fact, buy a cable car. He’s working with the cable car company to have it transferred to his sprawling home in Alabama, where a Boston duckboat sits. “It’s a token of gratitude,” Peavy said early in… Continue Reading → 
San Jose Mercury News Dec 23, 2014

A Giants' gesture helps bring Peavy back to San Francisco

Pitcher Jake Peavy's two-year, $24 million contract with the San Francisco Giants formalized Tuesday

Dodgers still searching for bullpen help

LOS ANGELES -- The Dodgers now have what they like to call a “highly functional roster,” which of course begs the question of what last year’s group -- which somehow sputtered and bickered its way to 94 wins -- was. Most people who were around this team last year have a pretty good idea what Andrew Friedman was talking about when he brought up the topic of functionality. Manager Don Mattingly will no longer have to spend a chunk of his day worrying about what a benched multi-millionaire outfielder will do -- or say to the media.
Padres Public Dec 23, 2014

Making Sense of the Madness

If there’s one thing that’s clear after the latest flurry of Padres moves, it’s that my dream scenario of Nori Aoki patrolling right field in 2015 isn’t going to happen. The consolation prize — a likely outfield of Matt Kemp, Wil Myers, and Justin Upton — is probably one we can live with. We’ve already covered the Kemp and Myers trades (here and here), so, before we conclude with some thoughts on what might come next, let’s jump right in to a bevy of missed transactions. Padres acquire OF Justin Upton and RHP Aaron Northcraft from Atlanta Braves for LHP Max Fried, 2B/SS...

Giants announce World Series Trophy tour dates

They keep it up and the Giants are going to need a bigger van to haul around their World Series trophies. The team announced Monday that it will take all three championship trophies – from 2010, 2012 and 2014 – on a two-month tour of California – with brief stops in Oregon and Nevada – that will stretch north to Medford, Ore., south to San Luis Obispo and east to Reno. The tour begins in Sacramento on Jan. 7. The trophies will be on display for two hours during each stop and fans will be allowed to take one photo whether it’s an individual pic or a group one.

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