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Friars on Base 6 mins ago

Padres Designate Juan Oramas For Assignment

The San Diego Padres have designated Juan Oramas for assignment in order to clear space on the 40-man roster for the recently acquired Brandon Morrow. The 24-year-old Oramas spent 2014 with the Padres’ Double-A and Triple-A squad and pitched poorly for the most part. The lefty posted a 4.75 ERA in 134 1/3 innings.  Oramas […] Padres Designate Juan Oramas For Assignment - Friars on Base - Friars on Base - A San Diego Padres Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More
Friars on Base 2 hours ago

City Of San Diego Finds No Problem Hosting All-Star Game

The San Diego City Council found no problem in setting aside a taxpayer cost as they waived the $1.5M fee and agreed in full to host at earliest the 2016 All-Star Game. The $1.5 Million fee was to be set aside for police and firefighter services during the week long events to be held if […] City Of San Diego Finds No Problem Hosting All-Star Game - Friars on Base - Friars on Base - A San Diego Padres Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More
Friars on Base 4 hours ago

AJ Preller Impressing Early

AJ Preller isn’t here to play around. He didn’t want to get the GM job, sit around for a year to assess the current talent before making a move.  Sure, some Padre fans were disappointed by a couple early swings and misses this off-season. Yet in the last week he has more than made up […] AJ Preller Impressing Early - Friars on Base - Friars on Base - A San Diego Padres Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More
Wonko / Gaslamp Ball 5 hours ago

Is the Matt Kemp deal falling apart?

A couple of recent tweets have us wondering. A couple of tweets have helped build up the rumor that the Matt Kemp deal may be hinging on a failed physical. Last night Ken Rosenthal, who has been all over the Kemp story since it because a couple weeks ago tweeted this: Nothing to report on status of Kemp deal. #Padres meeting to discuss results of physical tomorrow.— Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) December 17, 2014 Then, this morning Will Carroll who goes by @injuryexpert and is someone I have followed for years and years because of his knowledge about player injuries tweeted this: Rumors...
Friars on Base 6 hours ago

Padres Rumors: Padres Interested In Josh Hamilton?

We’ve all known about the Padres’ push for offense this off-season. We’ve all seen the names. The Pads are close to completing a deal for an oft-injured outfielder in Matt Kemp. It’s possible, according to Fox Sports’ Ken Rosenthal, that they could have gotten a different injured outfielder from an LA team. The Angels, according […] Padres Rumors: Padres Interested In Josh Hamilton? - Friars on Base - Friars on Base - A San Diego Padres Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More
Gaslamp Ball 18 hours ago

Padres still negotiating for Wil Myers and Justin Upton, trade could happen tonight

The Padres, the Rays and a third mystery team are said to be deep in negotiations.  The Padres want 2013 AL Rookie of the Year winner Wil Myers.  To get him the Pads would have to give up some of their top prospects. Padres GM A.J. Preller might be more willing to trade them since he doesn't have a connection or long history with them. The UT's Dennis Lin suggests that pitcher Matt Wisler might be a starting point.    ESPN's Jim Bowden says that catcher Austin Hedges has been discussed as part of the deal.  If Preller were able to trade for Myers, Ken Rosenthal says that it would...
Friars on Base 23 hours ago

Why Do You Love the Padres?

We all come for different reasons. Baseball fans are generally a different breed than most. They tend to be overly passionate about a game played with four bases situated 90 feet apart in a diamond. There is no hard hitting of each other in shoulders and heads. No fancy video displays between quarters where performers […] Why Do You Love the Padres? - Friars on Base - Friars on Base - A San Diego Padres Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More
Friars on Base 23 hours ago

Rosenthal: Rays and Padres Discussing “Significant” Trade

Fox Sports’ and MLB Insider Ken Rosenthal recently tweeted that the Tampa Bay Rays and the San Diego Padres are discussing “a significant trade” that would center around former AL Rookie of the Year Wil Myers heading to San Diego for several top prospects out of the Padres’ farm system.   Sources: #Padres, #Rays discussing […] Rosenthal: Rays and Padres Discussing “Significant” Trade - Friars on Base - Friars on Base - A San Diego Padres Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More
Gaslamp Ball 23 hours ago

Padres Rumors: Padres, Rays Discuss Wil Myers Trade

Whaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaat? According to Ken Rosenthal and his sources, the Padres are discussing a HUGE deal with the Tampa Bay Rays that would send outfielder Wil Myers to San Diego. Sources: #Padres, #Rays discussing significant trade. Talks involve a number of players. Wil Myers would be main piece going to SD. — Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) December 16, 2014 That's some serious deal making going on there. Obviously this is just a "discussion" and "sources", but the fact that there is a discussion and the Rays are willing to part with Wil Myers is something to pay really,...
Friars on Base Dec 16, 2014

Matt Kemp To Take Physical With Padres Today

So, we all know that the Padres have reportedly acquired Matt Kemp and Tim Federowicz from the Dodgers, now here comes the tricky part guys: THEY AREN’T ACTUALLY PADRES  YET!! The deal isn’t official yet, and if the players don’t pass their physicals, they won’t become a part of the respective teams. Now I have […] Matt Kemp To Take Physical With Padres Today - Friars on Base - Friars on Base - A San Diego Padres Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More
Friars on Base Dec 16, 2014

The Best Player On The Padres No One Is Talking About

After years of uninspiring baseball and a lack of identity, the San Diego Padres have found their man. Friar faithful, I give you the new face of the San Diego Padres: Kevin Quackenbush. Quackenbush is a 26-year-old, 6’4″ righty with a knock-out slider and a curve that induces ground balls at a high percentage. His […] The Best Player On The Padres No One Is Talking About - Friars on Base - Friars on Base - A San Diego Padres Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More
Friars on Base Dec 16, 2014

Tony Gwynn Honored with Light Tribute

There are still days when it doesn’t seem real, aren’t there? Number 19 is gone. Certainly though his memory burns brighter than ever. One fan took the opportunity of dressing up his house for Christmas as an effort to honor Tony Gwynn with pictures and other tributes. The result is pretty impressive. The end seemed […] Tony Gwynn Honored with Light Tribute - Friars on Base - Friars on Base - A San Diego Padres Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More
Friars on Base Dec 16, 2014

Brandon Morrow Signs With Padres

According to MLB.com’s Corey Brock, the San Diego Padres have agreed to a one-year deal with free-agent Brandon Morrow. Morrow, 30, the fifth pick in the first round of 2006 Draft out of UC Berkeley, pitched in 13 games for Toronto in 2014, going 1-3 with a 5.67 ERA. However, the right-hander has been restricted […] Brandon Morrow Signs With Padres - Friars on Base - Friars on Base - A San Diego Padres Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More
Gaslamp Ball Dec 16, 2014

Padres Sign Brandon Morrow

According to sources, Brandon Morrow is Petco Park bound The San Diego Padres continue their offseason with the addition of right handed pitcher Brandon Morrow. Source: The #Padres have signed RHP Brandon Morrow to a one-year contract. Team has not confirmed. — Corey Brock (@FollowThePadres) December 16, 2014 Methinks adding Morrow (low-risk, upside move) to provide rotation depth -- possibly a precursor to the #Padres moving pieces for a bat. — Corey Brock (@FollowThePadres) December 16, 2014 This should be interesting. As I said in the article about the Padres making...
Friars on Base Dec 15, 2014

What Should the Padres Do at Each Position?

There are few positions on the Padres’ roster that are definitively occupied by one person.  There are players we, as San Diego fans, have given up on and players we have defended beyond what they deserve.  Mostly and justifiably the first.  So out of all of the positional battles, what are all of the Padres’ options? […] What Should the Padres Do at Each Position? - Friars on Base - Friars on Base - A San Diego Padres Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More
Friars on Base Dec 15, 2014

San Diego Padres: Who Exactly Is Tim Federowicz?

Matt Kemp Matt Kemp Matt Kemp Matt Kemp…. That’s pretty much what the collective voices of San Diego Padres fans have sounded like over the past few days. Anytime a franchise that has been starving for offensive talent for years can acquire a player of Kemp’s status and ability, that type of reaction is to […] San Diego Padres: Who Exactly Is Tim Federowicz? - Friars on Base - Friars on Base - A San Diego Padres Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More
Friars on Base Dec 15, 2014

Why The Padres Might Target Jung-Ho Kang

So, we know the Padres already have signed a shortstop in Clint Barmes, however they might just add another. Want to know who and why? The Padres have a versatile player in Clint Barmes, but if they could add a player who can just play one position it would let them be creative with where […] Why The Padres Might Target Jung-Ho Kang - Friars on Base - Friars on Base - A San Diego Padres Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More
Friars on Base Dec 15, 2014

A.J. Preller is Cleaning Up the Padres

After years of turning a blind eye to the use of steroids and other performance enhancing drugs, while large-headed men with even larger biceps blasted home run after home run, shattering every power record previously held dear by baseball fans, Major League Baseball finally started to get serious about putting an end to PED abuse […] A.J. Preller is Cleaning Up the Padres - Friars on Base - Friars on Base - A San Diego Padres Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More
Friars on Base Dec 15, 2014

Hot Stove Chatter: Padres Interested in Cole Hamels?

We’ve already seen the Padres go big bat hunting in the almost completed deal for Matt Kemp. While the search for additional offense is on, it appears, according to the Boston Globe’s Nick Cafardo, that the Padres may go ace pitching hunting too. Cole Hamels, LHP, Phillies — The Cubs, Red Sox, Dodgers, Padres, and […] Hot Stove Chatter: Padres Interested in Cole Hamels? - Friars on Base - Friars on Base - A San Diego Padres Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More
Gaslamp Ball Dec 15, 2014

The Many Levels of the Matt Kemp Trade

Despite almost universal praise from a tortured fanbase, the Matt Kemp trade has been less well-received by a subset of the analytical baseball community. Citing Kemp's age, injury history, defense, contract status, and the potential of Yasmani Grandal - GM AJ Preller's first big move has drawn either ire or skepticism from certain points of the baseball blogosphere. Certainly the deal that brought Kemp to San Diego is a bold, franchise-altering move, but to really understand the impetus behind it and to accurately gauge the value added, observers need to consider the many levels of the...

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