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San Diego Padres: Top Five Seasons in Franchise History

While they have yet to win a World Series title, the San Diego Padres have quite a history. Join us as we relive the five greatest seasons in franchise history. The national media has a tendency to only remember the poor San Diego Padres‘ seasons. But there are those of us out there who still […] San Diego Padres: Top Five Seasons in Franchise History - Friars on Base - Friars on Base - A San Diego Padres Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More
Giants reportedly have strongest offer for Mark Melancon

Giants reportedly have strongest offer for Mark Melancon

It’s at least four years and more than $60 million. Gulp. It’s been a long time since the Giants paid cash money for a new closer. After Armando Benitez’s ill-fated three-year, $21 million contract, the Giants had a solid 10-year run in which they used two homegrown pitchers and a minor-league free agent to close. It was very cost effective, for the most part. But sometimes, a team just has to use brute force. According to Ken Rosenthal, the Giants are one of three teams with an offer in to Mark Melancon. The deal is thought to be at least four years and worth more than $60 million....
Friars on Base Dec 4, 2016

San Diego Padres: Non Tendered Players The Friars Should Sign

With so many new free agents available, the San Diego Padres have much more options to choose from to fill out their roster. Who should they sign? Yesterday’s arbitration tender deadline meant that a new batch of free agents were put onto the market. Some of them were non-tendered because of ineffectiveness, some due to […] San Diego Padres: Non Tendered Players The Friars Should Sign - Friars on Base - Friars on Base - A San Diego Padres Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More
Friars on Base Dec 3, 2016

San Diego Padres: Summary of Team’s Arbitration Related Decisions

Recapping the flurry of moves made by the San Diego Padres in response to Friday night’s deadline to secure arbitration-eligible players. The San Diego Padres were faced with more decisions than any other team in baseball on Friday, as they had ten players to either secure for 2017 or allow to hit free agency. At […] San Diego Padres: Summary of Team’s Arbitration Related Decisions - Friars on Base - Friars on Base - A San Diego Padres Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More
Friars on Base Dec 3, 2016

San Diego Padres: A Guide To The Perfect Offseason

The San Diego Padres have some spots to fill in the rotation, and have an overstuffed outfield and keystone. General manager AJ Preller can have a great offseason by not doing much at all. With the new CBA rumored to have been agreed upon, the hot stove will likely start to heat up in the coming […] San Diego Padres: A Guide To The Perfect Offseason - Friars on Base - Friars on Base - A San Diego Padres Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More
Friars on Base Dec 2, 2016

San Diego Padres: Ross Not Tendered, 2016 Ace Now Free Agent

The San Diego Padres made a very surprising move on Friday, electing not to tender right-hander Tyson Ross. Now, 2016’s Opening Day starter is a free agent. It has been an unconventional start to the offseason for the San Diego Padres. Earlier on Friday, general manager A.J. Preller made his first post-suspension move, dealing Derek […] San Diego Padres: Ross Not Tendered, 2016 Ace Now Free Agent - Friars on Base - Friars on Base - A San Diego Padres Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More
Friars on Base Dec 2, 2016

San Diego Padres: Norris Traded to Nationals, Padres get Pedro Avila

The San Diego Padres pulled the trigger on one of what is expected to be several significant trades this offseason, sending Derek Norris to the Washington Nationals. In exchange for the catcher, the team will receive right-handed prospect Pedro Avila. The deadline for the San Diego Padres to tender arbitration-eligible players is Friday night, meaning […] San Diego Padres: Norris Traded to Nationals, Padres get Pedro Avila - Friars on Base - Friars on Base - A San Diego Padres Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More
Friars on Base Dec 2, 2016

San Diego Padres: Which Contracts will be Tendered?

The San Diego Padres have ten decisions to make before Friday night’s deadline. Which arbitration eligible players will they re-sign? The San Diego Padres more players than any other Major League team who are eligible for arbitration. While this further proves how young and inexperienced their roster is, it also means that the team will […] San Diego Padres: Which Contracts will be Tendered? - Friars on Base - Friars on Base - A San Diego Padres Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More
Friars on Base Dec 1, 2016

San Diego Padres: Would MLB Strike Matter to Fans?

How would fans of the San Diego Padres react to a Major League Baseball Strike? One writer argues that bad baseball is better than no baseball. Obviously both sides reached the abyss, looked down and didn’t like the view thus averting the first strike/lockdown since 1994. That work stoppage had far reaching consequences.  Angry fans […] San Diego Padres: Would MLB Strike Matter to Fans? - Friars on Base - Friars on Base - A San Diego Padres Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More
Friars on Base Dec 1, 2016

San Diego Padres: Patterns Established by Winning Franchises

Pitching, defense and a good hitting approach are patterns that past World Series Champions have taken into account to build their teams. There are several ways of building a team. It can be done through free agency, developing players or a combination of both. Assembling a “winning” team is another matter. Over the years, teams […] San Diego Padres: Patterns Established by Winning Franchises - Friars on Base - Friars on Base - A San Diego Padres Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More

The Giants shouldn’t benefit too much from the new CBA, luxury tax this offseason

At least the Dodgers will be less inclined to do that $300 million payroll thing again. There will not be a lockout. There probably never was going to be a lockout, considering that baseball is healthy and financially strong, and that the owners weren’t exactly trying to shove a salary cap down the players’ throats. But the new Collective Bargaining Agreement is here, and it means five years of labor peace in baseball. It doesn’t necessarily mean good things for the Giants, though. Not at first. Reuben explained last month how the Giants were on hold in the offseason because of the...
Friars on Base Nov 30, 2016

San Diego Padres: Pulse of the Fanbase, November 2016

Where do fans of the San Diego Padres stand as November comes to a close? Friars on Base reached out to some of the biggest fans on Twitter to find out. It is a critical time of year for any rebuilding franchise. For the San Diego Padres, the Winter Meetings will be critical. But often lost […] San Diego Padres: Pulse of the Fanbase, November 2016 - Friars on Base - Friars on Base - A San Diego Padres Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More
Friars on Base Nov 30, 2016

San Diego Padres: Jay Signs with Cubs, Outfield Thins

Former San Diego Padres outfielder Jon Jay signed with the Chicago Cubs Wednesday, making San Diego’s outfield a bit thinner as 2017 approaches. Free agency is a time of both excitement and disappointment for baseball teams. On Wednesday, the San Diego Padres experienced a bit of the disappointment element of the season. Jon Jay, a […] San Diego Padres: Jay Signs with Cubs, Outfield Thins - Friars on Base - Friars on Base - A San Diego Padres Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More

The Giants would probably love to trade for Andrew McCutchen, but ...

Stop me if you’ve heard this before. The Giants would probably be interested in a trade, but other teams will offer up better prospects. Ken Rosenthal doesn’t mince words in his lede about Andrew McCutchen here. Of all the big names available in trade, Pirates center fielder Andrew McCutchen might be the most likely to go. It would be the end of an era, or at least the start of a new chapter in the book about the Pirates’ renaissance. Or maybe it’s a sea chanty instead of a book. Either way, McCutchen is the Buster Posey of Pittsburgh, right down to the MVP, and it makes me sad...

Scouting the Trade Market: Arizona Diamondbacks

After two pretty miserable years under Dave Stewart, the Diamondbacks cleaned out their front office at the end of the 2016 regular season and brought in longtime Red Sox executive Mike Hazen to run the show. Arizona went 69-93 this year, down from 79-83 in 2015 despite spending big to acquire Zack Greinke and Shelby […] The post Scouting the Trade Market: Arizona Diamondbacks appeared first on River Avenue Blues.

Yoenis Cespedes signs with not-Giants

Just as important? He signed with the not-Dodgers, too. Yoenis Cespedes was never coming to the Giants. We can all confidently agree on that now, right? I mean, come on, it was totally obvious the whole time. Ha, I can’t believe you harbored secret thoughts about the possibility. It shouldn’t be unexpected news that he signed with the Mets. He was really quite excellent for them, and he seemed happy there. (hold smile. nod with confidence. raise eyebrows to convey interest, but not too much. do not betray your actual emotions.) Yes, it was rather silly to think the Giants could sign a...
Sons of Steve Garvey Nov 29, 2016

We're Back! (Kinda!)

What'd we miss? Hey! We're alive! Mostly. Sincere apologies for the extended hiatus. The Dodgers losing in the postseason (again) hit us extra hard, and we kind of went into hiding. (I haven't even been tweeting all that much, so you know it's bad.) So, here we are again. This is mostly just to get a new discussion thread going. No real news to share. Have the Dodgers even made any deals? I think there was a small trade or something. I honestly am not remembering at the moment. Hang on, let me Google... *hold music* "11/11/16 Los Angeles Dodgers traded LF Howie Kendrick to Philadelphia...

No, the Dodgers aren’t sitting the offseason out because they’re broke

Alternate headline: I don’t trust the stupid Dodgers, and you shouldn’t either I enjoy when the Giants win baseball games. I dislike the Dodgers. Considering both of these points, the news over the holiday weekend was positive. It started with this headline from Bill Shaikin of the Los Angeles Times: After $1 billion in player spending, Dodgers under MLB mandate to cut debt And this note in the second paragraph: The club is expected to reduce payroll for a second consecutive season, with the goal of cutting from about $300 million in 2015 to closer to $200 million in 2018. Just $200...
Friars on Base Nov 28, 2016

San Diego Padres: Bad Timing Trading Matt Kemp Last July

Matt Kemp’s second half numbers, Yoenis Céspedes’ free agency, and Wil Myers’ decline are factors proving that the San Diego Padres’ trade of Kemp was badly timed. Back in winter 2014, Padres AJ Preller made a flurry of trades that won him the “Rock Star GM” accolade. In one of them, he acquired Matt Kemp from the Los Angeles […] San Diego Padres: Bad Timing Trading Matt Kemp Last July - Friars on Base - Friars on Base - A San Diego Padres Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More
Friars on Base Nov 27, 2016

San Diego Padres: Padres Can Win it all Before Chargers

Though San Diego Padres fans would love to see both of their city’s professional sports organizations win titles soon, the Padres are in a better position than the Chargers despite their recent struggles. The San Diego Padres are still in rebuilding mode, which makes it seem a little ridiculous to be discussing a possible championship. […] San Diego Padres: Padres Can Win it all Before Chargers - Friars on Base - Friars on Base - A San Diego Padres Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More

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