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Padres Editorial: Boom or Bust! All-Time Best/Worst Free Agent Pitchers Part I

Each year Major League Baseball franchises evaluate the free agent pitcher market in an attempt to strike it rich. Sometimes teams strike it just right when they land a future Hall Of Famer. While other teams get absolutely no positive return on their investments. It can not be described as an exact science, in fact it’s […] Padres Editorial: Boom or Bust! All-Time Best/Worst Free Agent Pitchers Part I - Friars on Base - Friars on Base - A San Diego Padres Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More

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Hot Stove: PECOTA says Padres to win 83

Rounding up recent offseason news in the NL West.

Hedges, Wisler tumble in Law's rankings

Renfroe the top Padres prospect in ESPN's annual top 100.
Padres Public 4 hours ago

SABR San Diego-Ted Williams Chapter 2015 Winter Meeting

This past Saturday, the San Diego Central Library once again hosted the San Diego-Ted Williams SABR Chapter's Winter Meeting on the 8th floor amongst the Baseball Research Center collection.
Padres Public Jan 28, 2015

The International Beat: Uncertainty Clouds Hector Olivera (and More)

Not surprisingly, when 29-year-old Cuban second basemen Hector Olivera held a showcase last week in the Dominican Republic, only one general manager joined the hundreds of scouts and other front office personnel in attendance. That GM — naturally — just so happened to be the Padres AJ Preller. Preller is like the cop who gets the promotion to the cushy office job after 20 years on the beat, yet can’t resist the temptation to return to the streets. You’ve seen the movie before. And Preller apparently wasn’t there just because somewhere buried in his contract it says that he has to...
Padres Public Jan 21, 2015

AJ Preller’s Forgotten Strengths

One of the interesting things about AJ Preller’s early reign as San Diego Padres general manager is just how quickly our perception of him has changed. Make no mistake, way back in August, there was plenty of optimism surrounding his hiring. Preller was known for his tireless work ethic, his expertise in the amateur international market, and his overall scouting/player development chops. Most of us — at least myself — probably envisioned Preller sort of starting where Jed Hoyer left off, trying to draft well and beef up the Padres international efforts, all while attempting to fix...
Padres Public Jan 20, 2015

A quick Lane Field update

I believe it’s been mentioned on Twitter that the former site of Lane Field is being redeveloped.  Lankford and Associates are leading the effort, which should culminate in 800+ additional hotel rooms downtown.  You can read more about the effort here. But we’re baseball fans first, not members of the Chamber of Commerce, and Lane Field holds some nostalgic magic.  It’s where the PCL Padres played for 22 years, and where Ted Williams started his professional career.  Because of that, in 2003 the local SABR chapter had a marker placed commemorating the ballpark at the corner of...
Padres Public Jan 18, 2015

SD SABR Chapter Meeting next Saturday

The San Diego SABR (Ted Williams) Chapter will hold it’s Winter/Spring meeting next Saturday, 24 Jan, at the San Diego Central Library.  The discussion will start at approximately 1pm, and probably run until 4 or so. As with all our meetings, attendance is free, and not limited to members of the Chapter.  If you are interested in attending, please come on down.  Parking at the library is pretty convenient, either underneath the building (2 hours are free with validation) or across the street in one of the public lots. Why should you go?  Take a look at the agenda: Padres Baseball...

VIDEO: Petco to host MLB ASG

Major League Baseball chose Petco Park to host the All Star Game in 2016.
Padres Public Jan 16, 2015

ZiP It Up And ZiP It Out – Padres 2015 ZiPS Projections

Fangraphs is releasing Dan Szymborski’s ZiPS projections one team at a time, and recently it was the new look Padres’ turn on the mic. I’ve developed quite an affinity for projections lately. I like projections because they take the emotion that naturally occurs in things that are awesome like baseball and removes it. Normally emotion is a good thing. It’s what makes baseball fun. But emotion also make it easier to be wrong, which is less fun. Looking at the amount of available information about a player is overwhelming. There’s a lot there. What’s important? What isn’t? If a...
Padres Public Jan 15, 2015

The Top 5 Things In Padres News That I Wrote About Just Now To Get You To Read This Piece

Whats that old saying about assuming...— Wayne Partello (@WaynePartello) January 15, 2015

Padres get 2016 All-Star game; Dodgers on deck?

The San Diego Padres, not the Dodgers, were awarded the 2016 All-Star game on Thursday. However, the Dodgers are increasingly optimistic that the long wait to return the All-Star game to Dodger Stadium is nearing an end.
Padres Public Jan 15, 2015

The Payroll That Must Be Discussed

At certain points this offseason, it looked like the Padres were treating their 2015 payroll like the Yankees or Dodgers might, by largely ignoring it. First, they were interested in premier free agents like Pablo Sandoval and Yasmany Tomas and, even though those deals predictably (at least at the time) fell through, the Padres made legitimate runs at players that would generally be considered far too pricey for San Diego. Then, near the end of the winter meetings, AJ Preller struck. The Padres picked up Matt Kemp and a large chunk of the $100-plus million owed to him over the next five ......
Padres Public Jan 13, 2015

Brian Giles: Still Underappreciated

In a fitting footnote to an unheralded career, Brian Giles didn’t receive a single Hall of Fame vote this year. While the likes of Troy Percival, Aaron Boone, Tom Gordon, and Darin Erstad — all significantly inferior players — combined for nine total votes, 549 ballots were filed without Giles checked off on any of them. Since he didn’t receive the required five percent of the vote to stay on the ballot for another year, Giles joins Carlos Delgado as one-and-done Hall of Fame candidates who at least deserved to stick on the ballot for a few years of rumination. Of course, Giles,...
Red Reporter Jan 8, 2015

Reds claim Keyvius Sampson from San Diego Padres

The Reds were really in the market for a near-majors RHP. Really. We've watched intently all Winter as the Cincinnati Reds compiled more, and more, and more right-handed pitchers for their arsenal.  Yesterday, we watched as Baseball America released their list of the Top 10 prospects in the Reds system, only to find that 83 of those 10 were - you guessed it - right-handed pitchers. Well, the search for the most prized asset (we hope) in baseball continued for Walt Jocketty and Co. today, as they've apparently claimed Keyvius Sampson from the San Diego Padres. The #Reds today claimed RHP...

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