1:51 PM EDT, Fri July 29, 2016
Friars on Base 22 mins ago

Padres Make Big Trade with Marlins: Cashner and Rea Gone

The Padres made their biggest trade of the year yet, with Andrew Cashner, Colin Rea, and Tayron Guerrero traded to the Miami Marlins for Jarred Cosart, Carter Capps, and Marlins top prospects Josh Naylor and Luis Castillo. The Padres and General Manager A.J. Preller continues to show that he is committed to rebuilding a winning […] Padres Make Big Trade with Marlins: Cashner and Rea Gone - Friars on Base - Friars on Base - A San Diego Padres Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More
Gaslamp Ball 3 hours ago

Andrew Cashner and Colin Rea Traded to Miami Marlins

Padres send two starters to Marlins for Jarred Cosart and prospects Josh Naylor & Luis Castillo. After weeks of swirling rumors linking him to every team from the Cubs to the Orioles to the Blue Jays to the Giants, the Padres have struck a deal with the Miami Marlins. In a surprising turn of events, Colin Rea is also headed to the fish in the deal. Reports are still coming in, but early rumors are that the players coming back include power-hitting first baseman Josh Naylor and pitcher Luis Castillo. Miami Herald’s Barry Jackson was the first to report Rea’s inclusion in the...

Giants continue second-half misery, lose again

The Giants' lead is down to two games, and I'm absolutely stunned it's that big of a lead. Instead of digging into the minutia of a single game — a single, dumb game — it’s probably more useful to examine exactly what it means for a team to be stuck in a death spiral. The Giants are 2-10 in the second half. It’s hard to believe they’ve won two games, but it’s still not very exciting that they’ve won only two. This is a bad stretch. It is the game in the footnotes of the Wikipedia entry for death spiral. Death spirals aren’t fatal. That’s the first thing to remember....
Gaslamp Ball 11 hours ago

Padres Trade Rumors: Marlins are frontrunners to acquire Andrew Cashner

One of the biggest questions surrounding the Padres leading up to the 2016 non-waiver trade deadline is where starting pitcher Andrew Cashner would wind up. Whether or not he would get traded was not even an issue; everybody and her parents knew he was on the way out the door, including Cashner himself. The two teams that popped up most in talks surrounding the tall Texan were the Rangers and Marlins. They were both still in the thick of things until this past hour when reports sprang up left and right that the Rangers were out and the Marlins were trying their best. As of now the return on...

Giants acquire infielder Eduardo Nunez in trade with Twins

The 29-year-old plays every infield position and a little outfield, but the Giants had to give up their #3 prospect, starting pitcher Adalberto Mejia. The Giants have been linked to middle relievers, closers, starting pitchers, and outfielders. Their first move of trade season, though, was to nab an infielder, nabbing 29-year-old Eduardo Nunez from the Twins in exchange for Adalberto Mejia, one of the top pitching prospects in the organization. Nunez was an American League All-Star this year, hitting .300/.326/.444 for the Twins, leading the AL in stolen bases with 26. He’s already more...

Giants add Matt Reynolds to 25-man roster, place Josh Osich on DL

Reynolds is a left-hander with a little major league experience in the middle of an intriguing statistical season. Swapping Grant Green out for Joe Panik was possibly the most obvious roster move of the month. That means the Giants were legally bound to follow it up with the most unlikely roster move of the month, placing Josh Osich on the DL with a forearm strain and replacing him with left-hander Matt Reynolds. While the words "forearm strain" are usually ominous when describing a pitcher’s injury, Osich’s MRI came back clean, and the injury is not expected to be serious. The Giants...
Friars on Base 19 hours ago

Padres Continuing Prospect Rebuild Process

When A.J. Preller inherited the Padres General Manager position, he had some quality minor league talent to work with. He quickly went to work trading away said talent and rebuilding the Major League club to win it all in 2015. We all know how that ended, and now Preller is building again. Seven of the […] Padres Continuing Prospect Rebuild Process - Friars on Base - Friars on Base - A San Diego Padres Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More

Joe Panik activated from DL, Grant Green designated for assignment

This is just the beginning of a flurry of transactions. Earlier this week, Doug asked who would be removed from the roster when Joe Panik came back from the disabled list, and we have our answer. Panik is active, according to the Giants, and Grant Green was designated for assignment to make room for him on the roster. This is but the first of many moves. The Giants will have to sort out which of ... Jarrett Parker Mac Williamson Conor Gillaspie Ramiro Peña ... they’ll want to keep when Hunter Pence and Matt Duffy return. And what of Kelby Tomlinson and Ehire Adrianza? The former has...
Gaslamp Ball Jul 28, 2016

Padres Prospects: MLB.com's Top Prospects Midseason Update

Let's take a look at where our farm system stands. Around 12:00 AM EST MLB.com released their midseason update for the league's top prospects including the overall Top 100 and every team's Top 30. The update is important because it now includes the players from the 2016 MLB Draft and the July 2nd International Signing Period. Which is particularly exciting for Padres fans considering we had 6 of the first 84 picks in this years MLB Draft and spent over $60 million on International signings. Check it out in full detail here: MLB.com Midseason SDP Top Prospects The Padres feature three...
McCovey Chronicles Jul 28, 2016

Bullpen trust power rankings

Who gives you a warm, fuzzy feeling, and who makes you drink until you get a warm, fuzzy feeling? The bullpen! They’ve been mostly fine over the last several days, and proud we are of all of them. But that doesn’t mean that we won’t rank them for our amusement. This is the Internet, people. Lists are what we do. Who do we trust? Who do we not trust? The answer to that second one should be me, because Santiago Casilla horrifically blew a save after I ranked him quite highly in the last edition of this in May, but we’re talking about the Giants bullpen here and not me, so no one needs...
Friars on Base Jul 28, 2016

Padres Tie NL Home Run Record

The Padres tied the National League consecutive game with a home run record Wednesday thanks to three home runs in a game they won 8-4 over the Blue Jays. Alex Dickerson hit his fourth in fourth games and this time Adam Rosales and Brett Wallace also chipped in. At this point it seems like anyone […] Padres Tie NL Home Run Record - Friars on Base - Friars on Base - A San Diego Padres Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More
NoNoHitters.com Jul 28, 2016

Martinez, Rogers threw perfect games on this date

Two perfect games and one plain old no-hitter were thrown on this date. At Dodger Stadium on Sunday, July 28, 1991, the Montreal Expos’ Dennis Martínez retired all of the 27 Los Angeles Dodgers he faced for a 2-0 win. Three years to the day later, on Thursday, July 28, 1994, the Texas Rangers’ Kenny …
Gaslamp Ball Jul 28, 2016

SD 8, TOR 4: Home runs, broken records, and a win

The Padres end their road trip on a very good note. It might not have been the prettiest road trip, but along with today's win, it sure was eventful. A ton of home runs were hit, enough to break both franchise and league records, and another friend was traded away. The win today came from a shaky start followed by a tight bullpen, a few Friar bloops, and a ton of blasts. APadres now tied for most consecutive games with a home run in National League history Luis Perdomo wasn't totally keyed in today. He threw 5 innings and change, giving up 6 hits and 4 earned runs. He also struck out 4...

Giants drop series to bad team, feel bad

The Reds were just too good. Think about that sentence on a loop until the next game. Before settling down to think about that game, that series, it’s worth remembering just how bad the Reds are. They’re 40-61, but they’ve been a little lucky, according to Pythagorean record. They’ve allowed 170 home runs this season — more than the average team allowed in 2015, even though there are still two months left in the season. They have an honest shot at 100 losses and the first pick in the 2017 draft. That team came into AT&T Park and made the Giants look like the inferior team. Should...
Friars on Base Jul 27, 2016

Padres Undersold on Melvin Upton Jr

History gives perspective – and when the Padres first acquired Melvin Upton Jr.nearly two years ago I was ready to ditch him as soon as they got him. However, now that he was having a good year, the Padres absolutely undersold him and will be paying WAY too much to him over the next 15 […] Padres Undersold on Melvin Upton Jr - Friars on Base - Friars on Base - A San Diego Padres Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More
Gaslamp Ball Jul 27, 2016

Padres now tied for most consecutive games with a home run in National League history

The streak lives on! The Padres have now homered in 25 straight games, tying the National League record set by the 1998 Atlanta Braves. Today the man to extend it was utility infielder Adam Rosales, who took Blue Jays knuckleballer R.A. Dickey deep in the third inning to give San Diego a 2-0 lead. It was Rosey's seventh home run of the year and was followed, of course, by his customary sprint around the bases. Rosales wasn't the only Friar to go yard in this far-too-early game. Brett Wallace extended San Diego's lead to 5-0 in the fifth inning with a solo shot off of Dickey, and then Alex...
McCovey Chronicles Jul 27, 2016

SF Giants Minor Lines, 7/26

Troubled times don't last always... Thanks to Brute, um... I mean to Kevin (whoever that guy is) for running the ship the last few days! I got mosquito bites all over, some sunburn spots and I had to wake up at 3:30 am for my flight and have no idea where I am. Refreshed! Let's start with a guessing game: The Salem-Keizer placed four members on the NWL All Star team. Can you guess who they were? No peaking. Answers below. HIGHLIGHTS: Hunter Pence had 3 hits with a HR; Christian Arroyo had 3 hits with a double; Dylan Davis reached base 4 times including double, HR. * * * Sacramento won at...
Friars on Base Jul 27, 2016

Padres Closing in on Consecutive Home Run Record

The Padres Alex Dickerson hit a home run in his third straight game and the Padres 24th consecutive game Tuesday in a losing effort against the Blue Jays. The all time record is 27 set in 2002 by the Texas Rangers. Baseball is a funny game, as the Padres are probably one of the last […] Padres Closing in on Consecutive Home Run Record - Friars on Base - Friars on Base - A San Diego Padres Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More
NoNoHitters.com Jul 27, 2016

Angels’ Santana no-hits Indians, 5 years ago today

The Los Angeles Angels’ Ervin Santana threw a no-hitter against the Cleveland Indians despite letting the leadoff batter score, five years ago today. On Wednesday, July 27, 2011, at Jacobs Field, Santana struck out 10 and walked just one as the Angels beat the Indians 3-1. The Indians scored their run in the first when …

Matt Cain hits three-run homer, Giants win

There was more to it than that, but it gives you an idea of how fun the game was. At the risk of being a party pooper, a real severed toe in the sushi roll, please note that the Giants might have lost 7-6 on Tuesday night if Matt Cain didn’t hit a three-run homer. I know the exact sequence of events plays out differently, but the margin of victory was two runs in a game where the pitcher hit a three-run homer. Pitcher home runs are the flush on the river, the deus ex machina, the S1Ws breaking you out of jail at the last second. You can’t count on them. You shouldn’t do anything but...

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