11:23 PM EST, Thu November 20, 2014

Pablo Sandoval rumors: Bobby Evans talks Panda, Yasmany Tomas, and Yoan Moncada

Yoan Moncada don't want none unless you've got buns, and the ability to blow past the international spending limits and pay him a substantial amount of money, hon. Giants assistant GM Bobby Evans was on KNBR, and one of the big stories from the interview was that he confirmed that the Giants are still very involved in the Pablo Sandoval sweepstakes, saying "We're well in this thing." If you don't think it's a big story, well, then explain how it's on THE BIG STORY over at the AP. You can't. It's a total big story. I guess it's what we figured out yesterday. Maybe it isn't that big of a...
Friars on Base 3 hours ago

Batting Average is Useless – A Guide to More Advanced Stats

For over a century, the label of a “.300 hitter” has been a benchmark of success. With Bill James and Moneyball, baseball has a new era of advanced metrics. For people who aren’t familiar with some of the newer statistics, FriarsOnBase is here to help guide you. Some of the more relatable statistics for hitters […] Batting Average is Useless – A Guide to More Advanced Stats - Friars on Base - Friars on Base - A San Diego Padres Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More
Friars on Base 5 hours ago

Yasmany Tomas Update: ‘SD Still In The Mix…’

According to a recent Tweet from Fangraphs.com’s lead prospect analyst Kiley McDaniel, he is reportedly hearing through his sources that the San Diego Padres remain in the game to possibly sign Cuban slugger, outfielder, and third base prospect, Yasmany Tomas. Tomas and his agent, Jay Alou, have been in touch with “multiple teams” over the […] Yasmany Tomas Update: ‘SD Still In The Mix…’ - Friars on Base - Friars on Base - A San Diego Padres Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More
Friars on Base 6 hours ago

2014 FanSided Faux-Winter Meetings: Padres Day 3 Recap

After making a blockbuster trade on Day 1, and a solid move to dump payroll on Day 2, Day 3 of the 2014 FanSided Faux-Winter Meeting had no shortage of excitement. Follow as fellow Friars on Base staff writer, Daryll Dorman, and myself work within the real life constrictions of the Padres budget to build […] 2014 FanSided Faux-Winter Meetings: Padres Day 3 Recap - Friars on Base - Friars on Base - A San Diego Padres Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More

The Giants and Sergio Romo

Should the Giants re-sign their setup man turned closer turned setup man? Pablo Sandoval Pablo Sandoval Pablo Sandoval. Red Sox? Could be. Blue Jays? Yes. No. Sources are hot, cold, ambiguous, and convinced that he's going to sign there or here or there. Central League teams showing interest. Source inside the organization with knowledge of the negotiations says Pablo Sandoval could be unless he is becoming unless he just is. Pablo Sandoval rumors Pablo Sandoval rumors Pablo Sandoval rumors. Except, hold up. What about Sergio Romo? The lack of Romo-extension chatter on this site has made me...
Friars on Base 8 hours ago

Padres Can’t Wait Around For Adam LaRoche

After the Marlins locked up Giancarlo Stanton with the mega deal of all mega deals, they are looking to spend money to not only lock up their younger players, but add a veteran presence.  The Marlins, like the Padres, could use an upgrade at first.  Reports indicate that the Marlins have made a two-year, $20 […] Padres Can’t Wait Around For Adam LaRoche - Friars on Base - Friars on Base - A San Diego Padres Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More
Friars on Base 10 hours ago

Report: Padres Leaning Towards Keeping Ross, Cashner

According to a report from MLB.com and Padres’ insider Corey Brock, the San Diego Padres are leaning towards keeping starting pitchers, and two of their big three in Tyson Ross and Andrew Cashner. That means that the remainder of the Padres’ rotation, led by Ian Kennedy, are most likely the pieces that will be moved […] Report: Padres Leaning Towards Keeping Ross, Cashner - Friars on Base - Friars on Base - A San Diego Padres Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More
McCovey Chronicles 12 hours ago

San Francisco Giants Link Dump, 11/20

The link dump is in town BREAKING: PABLO SANDOVAL INTENDS TO SIGN CONTRACT WITH BASEBALL TEAM. MORE ON THIS STORY AS IT DEVELOPS. What's He Really Worth: Pablo Sandoval shouldn't get $100MWith all of yesterday's rush to be the first to panic over the report that Pablo is leaving, it was easy to forget to ask: What kind of contract should he even get? Purely based on projected performance, and an optimistic view of it, too, Jay Jaffe concludes that 5 years, $90 million is about as much as a team should give him. Though really, considering the Giants' lack of other options at third –...
Gaslamp Ball 14 hours ago

More Padres have worn 39 than any other uniform number

This is interesting to maybe three other people, but you'll have that sometimes. I was over at Baseball Reference checking out all the players who have worn 39, because that's just the sort of thing I do, and the list of 39ers seemed a lot longer than all the other ones. I checked, and 39 is indeed the most frequently issued Padres uniform number. 33 Padres have worn 39 through the years, edging out the 30 who have worn 8. Name Year(s) Dick Selma 1969 Jim Williams 1969-70 Jay Franklin 1971 Mike Corkins 1972 Victor Bernal 1977 Floyd Chiffer 1982-83 Elias Sosa 1983 Eddie...
Gaslamp Ball 21 hours ago

Baseball Movie Reviewin': The Battered Bastards of Baseball

This is how you make a baseball documentary. Two things: I love a good underdog story, and I love a good baseball story. And I guess a third thing might be mentioning that I love documentaries, but that would be overkill. And that said, I loved The Battered Bastards of Baseball, the story of Bing Russell, the owner of the Portland Mavericks baseball team during its tenure in Portland from 1973 to 1977. It's been on Netflix for a while now, having premiered on the service back in July, and is touted as of their "original" pieces of programming, and it is very well done. The film itself...
Gaslamp Ball 22 hours ago

When Is It Okay To Break Your Ties To Past Padres and End This Twitter Friendship?

Saying goodbye to former Padres should be easy. Especially when it only takes one click. As some of you may know, I’m a noted Twitter user/abuser. It is where I spend most of my time and where I get most of my news. It’s quick, simple, easy to use. And I probably use it too much. But that’s not what this is about. This is not an intervention. It’s more of a "get some thoughts out-tervention." As Padres fans, we will follow what the Padres have to say. We follow not only the Padres account, but people affiliated with the Padres. Corey Brock Wayne Partello Mike Dee We also follow the...
Gaslamp Ball 23 hours ago

Padres expected to make roster moves in preparation for Rule 5 deadline

I'm just itching for the Padres to start making some off-season moves.  I want to see some high turnover after the lackluster results of last season.  I can't wait to see what new GM A.J. Preller has in store for us.  There's been rumors that the Padres are at least in the market for some free agents like Adam LaRoche and Pablo Sandoval but it sounds like Sandoval will be offered a contract soon from the Red Sox.  Fortunately we'll see some roster movement soon as Padres' beat writer Corey Brock is telling us we can expect some minor changes starting tomorrow.  I'll take it and then...
Friars on Base Nov 19, 2014

Forgotten Friars: Jack Clark

Arguably one of the most unpopular players in San Diego Padres history, the team thought they had performed a coup when they acquired the power-hitting first baseman from the New York Yankees, Jack Clark. Clark, affectionately known as “Jack The Ripper” for his grip it and rip it approach at the plate, came to San […] Forgotten Friars: Jack Clark - Friars on Base - Friars on Base - A San Diego Padres Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More
Friars on Base Nov 19, 2014

Top 5 San Diego Padres Teams Of All-Time

Let’s face it; we’ve had more great individual stars in San Diego than we have had great teams. The late great Tony Gwynn, stars Dave Winfield, Randy Jones (who played on more losing teams than winning) and Trevor Hoffman lead the way. All  of whom are in Cooperstown, or just in the Padres Hall Of Fame. […] Top 5 San Diego Padres Teams Of All-Time - Friars on Base - Friars on Base - A San Diego Padres Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More

Giants still talking to Pablo Sandoval, this headline is a lie

The above headline is true. Look, I'm new to this. I decided to cover as many rumors as I can this offseason because a) I saw other sites have great success with them and b) I just stopped bloviating every day. There was seven straight months of bloviation. For that I am sorry. This is another post about Pablo Sandoval and free agency. For that, I'm really, really sorry. But if there's going to be a story on the Red Sox being 90-percent favorites to land Pablo Sandoval (with the Blue Jays making up the remaining 10 percent) on the site, there should probably be a post about how that first...
Friars on Base Nov 19, 2014

Padres Should Reimburse 2014 Jersey Sales

Every year I look forward to attending the Padres annual Fan Fest. There’s a little something for everyone: Meet and greets and running the bases for the kids. Autograph signings for super fans. A yard sale for collectors. Access to the clubhouse for those interested in a behind the scenes look. A sneak preview at […] Padres Should Reimburse 2014 Jersey Sales - Friars on Base - Friars on Base - A San Diego Padres Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More
Wonko / Gaslamp Ball Nov 19, 2014

Why are the Padres listening to offers for Yasmani Grandal?

Taking stock of the rumor mill that is churning Grandal's name and looking at whether a possible trade is best for the club. There are some rumblings about a Yasmani Grandal trade this offseason. Jon Heyman reports that he is one of the guys where the Padres will listen to offers. Ken Rosenthal nnotes the same. Perhaps a bit of incestuous reporting since Heyman cites Rosenthal as at least a partial source. Dennis Lin of the Union Tribune made a case for trading one of the Padres' catchers. The argument for Grandal being that he could net the most in return. Lin added some fuel to this hot...
Over the Monster Nov 19, 2014

Giants reportedly out of Pablo Sandoval race. (Or not.)

The Pablo Sandoval saga might be coming to a conclusion in a hurry, with the San Francisco Giants seemingly out of the race for the third baseman. Maybe. Possibly. The San Francisco Giants are apparently out of the Pablo Sandoval sweepstakes, leaving the Red Sox with a "90 percent chance" to sign the third baseman according to Dennis O'Donnell of CBS San Francisco: Giants Falling Out Of Pablo Sandoval Hunt With Red Sox Now Overwhelming Favorites " CBS San Francisco http://t.co/S24UPoBORg — Dennis O'Donnell (@KPIXSPORTS) November 19, 2014 The Giants and Red Sox have long been the two...

Rumor: Pablo Sandoval not likely to re-sign with Giants

Dennis O'Donnell of KPIX 5 is reporting that the Red Sox are overwhelming favorites, and he's been right before. It's silly season. One of two that happen in baseball every year. Rumors fly around, and most of them are bunk. Today we have Dennis O'Donnell of CBS reporting that two sources are telling him that the Red Sox have a 90-percent chance of signing Pablo Sandoval, with the Blue Jays filling in the rest with a 10-percent chance. Which means the Giants are essentially out. Your instinct is to laugh at the local reporter who rarely breaks Giants news. Your instinct doesn't remember...
Friars on Base Nov 19, 2014

2014 FanSided Faux-Winter Meetings: Padres Day 2 Recap

After a productive Day 1 of the 2014 FanSided Faux-Winter Meetings, fellow Friars on Base staff writer, Daryll Dorman, and myself continued to work towards making the San Diego Padres a legitimate playoff threat in 2015. Day 2 Goals:  1. Acquire a left-handed relief pitcher to replace Alex Torres in the bullpen. *Torres and Cashner […] 2014 FanSided Faux-Winter Meetings: Padres Day 2 Recap - Friars on Base - Friars on Base - A San Diego Padres Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More

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