2:20 PM EST, Fri December 09, 2016
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Cardinals lose another prospect in Rule 5 Draft

Cardinals lose another prospect in Rule 5 Draft

Last year, it was Luis Perdomo. This year it is shortstop Allen Cordoba. The Winter Meetings traditionally end with the Rule 5 Draft, where teams can take players from other organizations who have been with the team for a while, but haven’t yet cracked the 40-man roster. The teams selecting a player get to keep that player if they keep him on the active 25-man roster all season, with only limited disabled list time allowed. In the major league portion of the draft, the Cardinals lost shortstop Allen Cordoba to the San Diego Padres. Cordoba was one of those mentioned by Derrick Goold that...

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A Sensible Plan For Luis Perdomo

Luis Perdomo may have had the most lauded 5.71 ERA/71 ERA+ season of all-time in 2016. While I think there’s a tad bit of hyperbole around Perdomo’s 2016 campaign, given the circumstances, it was, indeed, quite the story of an in-season turnaround. After getting shelled to the tune of a 10.04 ERA and 47 hits in his first 26 innings, primarily as a reliever, the Padres stuck Perdomo in the rotation and watched him . . . turn into a pretty good pitcher. There are still some concerns, sure, but by September, Perdomo was good for six or seven innings a start, double digit ... Read the...
Padres Public 19 hours ago

The Actual Rule 5 Picks

As we speculated last night, the Padres were active in today’s Rule 5 draft, although they didn’t grab any of the players we suggested (outside of a brief encounter with Justin Haley). A series of trades netted San Diego the top three players selected in the draft, an unprecedented Rule 5 romp. Here are those players: Miguel Diaz, RHP, Brewers Diaz is a 22-year-old righty who spent spent four years in rookie ball before jumping to Single-A last season. The results were largely impressive: in 94 2/3 innings, Diaz posted a 3.14 strikeout-to-walk ratio while surrendering just seven home...
Padres Public Dec 7, 2016

Guessing San Diego’s Rule 5 Selections

Rumor has it the Padres are expected to be busy in baseball’s Rule 5 draft, set to go down tomorrow morning at the Winter Meetings. Last year the Padres took four players in the Rule 5, and two of them ultimately stuck in outfielder Jabari Blash (later acquired via trade) and righty starter Luis Perdomo. So, in the spirit of wild-ass-guessing, who might the Padres grab this year? Jairo Beras, OF, Texas Rangers Berras is here for one reason. He was the dude involved in an age-related kerfuffle back when he signed with Texas in 2012, and A.J Preller was heavily involved in both scouting ...

Andy Green on Padres' 'wide open' rotation, more

The Padres, not expected to contend until 2020 or thereabouts, don’t need household names this offseason. They need innings. Padres manager Andy Green acknowledged Wednesday that his rotation is “as wide open as you could imagine a major league rotation being.” Now that Tyson Ross is a free agent,...
Angels, Padres remain logical trade partners

Angels, Padres remain logical trade partners

NATIONAL HARBOR, Md. – As they search for a second baseman, the Angels are doing some shopping at the Costco of second basemen. The San Diego Padres have no less than four infielders who can play second base, and all are switch-hitters or...

What to make of Tyson Ross' market

The Padres are open to signing former ace to a cheaper deal, but other teams figure to be in on the action this winter.
Padres Public Dec 2, 2016

Welcome to San Diego, Pedro Avila

Well, it finally happened.  The path has been made clear for Austin Hedges to begin the year as the Padres starting catcher with the trade of veteran Derek Norris.  Most would argue that Norris’ horrific year at the plate in 2016 (.186/.255/.328, 56 OPS+) all but guaranteed that Hedges would get the lion’s share of the playing time anyways, but with Norris being shipped off to the Washington Nationals, San Diego will avoid even a shred of catching controversy. While Norris is a good buy-low/rebound candidate (he had the highest “hard contact” rate and “line drive” rate of his...

Padres trade Derek Norris to Washington

The Padres traded one of their few remaining veterans Friday, sending catcher Derek Norris to the Washington Nationals for pitching prospect Pedro Avila. Norris, 27, is coming off the worst season of his five-year career. The one-time All-Star hit just .186 with 14 home runs in 125 games. He made...

How will a new CBA affect the Padres?

Baseball fans rejoiced Wednesday when the Major League Baseball Players Association and team owners struck a new collective bargaining agreement, extending labor peace through the 2021 season. As specifics of the deal trickled out through the night and well into Thursday, both parties continued...

Padres announce December community caravan plans

10 Days of Giving to include 19 stops for its Dec. 7-16 program.
Padres Public Nov 30, 2016

New To The 40 Man: Franchy Cordero

On November 18th, the Padres added four new players to the 40-man roster: shortstop Javier Guerra, pitcher Walker Lockett, converted pitcher Jose Ruíz, and outfielder Franchy Cordero. While Lockett has the greatest chance of making the big club this year (Ruiz and Guerra ended 2016 in High A Lake Elsinore), Cordero has a lot of potential and ended the year in Triple-A El Paso. A little background on the newest member of the Padres 40-man: In 2012, the Padres signed 17-year-old Franchy Cordero out of the Dominican Republic for $175,000. Though he was 6’3”, San Diego figured him to play...

Jon Jay leaves Padres, signs with Cubs

Jon Jay, who had been one of the Padres' offseason targets, has moved on. The veteran outfielder signed a one-year, $8 million deal with the Chicago Cubs on Tuesday, choosing the reigning World Series champions over a return to San Diego. Jay, 31, is expected to play a supporting role in the Cubs'...

Friar talk: Who else could the Padres part ways with?

Derek Norris is coming off the worst year of his career. Will the Padres keep him around at likely more than $3 million in 2017?
Padres Public Nov 24, 2016

Giving Thanks On Thanksgiving

Two years ago I wrote about the things I was thankful for as it relates to the Padres. I thought it would be fun to go back and look at how those things worked out then give a new reason to be thankful.

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